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McGuinness – ‘absolutely opposed to any funding whatsoever going to the UDA’

22 October, 2007


Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA speaking during Question Time today has said that 'everyone in the Executive - am totally and absolutely opposed to any funding whatsoever going to the UDA, whether they decommission their weapons or not'.

The Mid Ulster MP said:

"I think this is an issue that has been marked more by fiction than fact.

"Let me be absolutely clear. I - and I believe I also speak for everyone in the Executive - am totally and absolutely opposed to any funding whatsoever going to the UDA, whether they decommission their weapons or not.

"The funding introduced by (former British Secretary) Peter Hain was irregular. It was wrong and it should never have happened.

"The decision by the minister for social development was, in my opinion, absolutely correct." ENDS

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