A Sinn Fein Assembly member has apologised for remarks made during a debate last week.
Phil Flanagan had been banned from speaking after his contribution to a discussion on the use of union flags on Northern Ireland driving licences was deemed to be provocative.
The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said: ” I apologise to you for remarks that I made during a debate here last Tuesday evening, which you have deemed, in your infinite wisdom, to have been a challenge to the chair.
“I fully accept your ruling and I certainly will not challenge it.
“I offer my sincere apologies for the comments that you deemed to be a challenge to the chair.”
Mr Flanagan had complained about the way a debate was chaired by the Deputy Speaker Roy Beggs after he was interrupted by unionists.
His punishment was handed out by Mitchel McLaughlin, a Sinn Fein party colleague who was elected Speaker last month .
Mr McLaughlin welcomed the apology and told MLAs he would reflect on the reprimand.
He said: “I thank you for that, Mr Flanagan, and for presenting yourself in person to deliver it.
“I will give careful reflection to the decision that I announced yesterday and be in touch with you later today.”
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