British Eurosceptics spent last Friday using the Irish tricolour as a beer mat and to hold an ash tray.
Despite wearing shirts saying “Respect the Irish Vote”, it seems that members of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) did not have the same level of respect for our flag.
A massive row erupted yesterday after UKIP members declared Ireland “their new friends” and donned green,white and gold jumpers.
One British member even wore a leprechaun hat to the parliamentary debate on the preparation of the upcoming European Summit after the results of the Irish referendum
However, these pictures show that while the referendum results were being announced on Friday, the same “friends of Ireland” were using the Irish flag as a tablecloth in Kitty O'Shea's pub in the heart of Brussels.
As the No result became inevitable, the large group proceeded to spill beer over the flag and use it as a coaster for cigarettes.
RTE television footage taken in the bar clearly shows the group toasting the win with pints of Guinness, Kilkenny and Bulmers – which they then placed on top of the tricolour. Avril Doyle this morning described how the “leader of the ‘gang' was Nigel Farrage of the UKIP.