Strange IE Problem using Flash

I’ve been searching for days to find the solution to the problem we’re experiencing with a design.

The problem appears in IE6, 7 and 8 but not in Safari or Firefox.

The flash file loads properly but the footer contents of the page disappears.

When the page first loads (before you activate the flash) the footer area of the page displays fine, but once you activate the flash, it disappears.

Not sure if anyone else has experienced something similar - I don’t know anything about flash as such and just inserted the flash via dreamweaver.

Does anyone have any pointers as to where I should start looking.