It is three years since Paul Murphy MP, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, stated about the UDA, that “the Government has always made clear it would judge paramilitary organisations by their deeds, not just their words alone”.
Why, then, does Shaun Woodward this week welcome the loyalist group’s belated decision to engage with John de Chastelain’s organisation? The UDA should have meaningfully engaged with the IMC in 1998
People will judge the UDA not by its words but by its actions.
Cllr Tim Attwood
2 Lakeglen Green