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Vessels sailing under the Ireland Country Flag are required to have on board this flag as part of flag state requirements that derive from maritime regulations in the International Code of Signals and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. These codes are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an ongoing effort to reinforce maritime safety procedures and communications to the international maritime community. Fleet management companies and ship owners are responsible to ensure that each vessel in their respective fleets have the appropriate flag signage onboard to be in compliance. This flag is used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.
The Ireland Country Flag is recognized by it's three, equally proportioned vertical stripes colored green, white and orange as viewed from the hoist, or left side to the fly, or right side. The Flag was officially adopted as the national symbol in 1919, but has roots that date back to Medieval times. The Ireland Country Flag is designated to be proportioned at a ratio of 1:2, height to length, respectively. The green color is meant to represent the Society Of United Irishmen. This organization was a prominent Republican society that was founded in 1791. It united Catholics, Protestants and Dissenters who fought in a brutal rebellion to remove the British Empire from Irish government. The battles came to be known as the Irish Rebellion of 1791. The orange color is representative of the House Of Orange. This royal association represented the monarchy of the Netherlands for centuries, derived originally from Southern France and imposing strict Calvinist religious standards. The white color on the Flag represents peace and unity between these two political parties that united the country of Ireland.
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