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Anderson comments on UDA statement

9 July, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin


Sinn Féin Assembly member Martina Anderson has branded a statement from the UPRG in Derry and Coleraine withdrawing support from the PSNI and the political institutions as ‘a pathetic whinge on behalf of a discredited criminal gang’.

Ms Anderson said:

“It has been well known for sometime that there are ongoing tensions within the UDA. This statement certainly confirms that. However the vast majority of people, myself included, were completely unaware that the UDA, who are engaged in drug dealing as well as racist and sectarian attacks, were ever supporters of either the PSNI or the political institutions. In that context their rather grand announcement of a withdrawal of support will have little real impact.

“In many ways this statement represents a significant challenge for unionist political leaders. This criminal gang is very clear that it has no intention of going anywhere. Their defence of the murder of Kevin McDaid is telling. I have to say this statement is little more than a pathetic whinge on behalf of a discredited criminal gang.” CRÍOCH

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