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An art dealer whose business was brought to its knees by Union flag protests is now discounting paintings by up to £55,000 in a desperate bid for survival.

Charles Gilmore of Gilmore Fine Art in Belfast city centre said his livelihood — and that of the 35 local artists he represents — is suffering extensively from the loss of trade amid weekly loyalist marches to and from the city hall.

If the situation doesn’t improve very soon, Mr Gilmore said the future of the gallery — which is currently up for sale — is at risk.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk