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UVF and UDA still driving Coleraine agenda – Sinn Féin

26 June, 2009

Coleraine Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard has said that UDA and UVF figures were involved in bringing crowds into Coleraine to erect flags in the Heights area near the spot where Kevin McDaid was murdered.

He has claimed they are setting the agenda in Coleraine by purposely heightening tension in the run up the controversial and re-routed march in the town next Wednesday night.

He said:

“We have now got it confirmed in court that the UDA was involved in Kevin McDaid’s murder and that same organisation, along with the UVF, are still driving the Coleraine agenda. Their members are involved in the rent-a -crowd approach to erecting flags in the Heights area of the town.

It is essential that the Loyal Orders and more Unionist politicians look to the greater good of the community and spoke out about loyalist para-militaries holding back progress.

I know there are massive debates within the unionist and loyalist community given Kevin’s murder and now the latest antics from the UDA and UVF.  It is time for a bit of honesty in the area from unionism and not the continuously insulting nonsense from the DUP’s Gregory Campbell.” ENDS

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