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Community concerns over UPRG statement

9 July, 2009

Coleraine Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard has said that “there will be even greater community concerns and tensions” in the Coleraine area because of the UPRG’s statement which claimed that they were withdrawing their support for the police and political institutions.

He said:

“Republican, nationalists and even some unionists have always believed that loyalists in Coleraine ran their semi-independent little empire. Therefore in one way there won’t be any surprise at the statement.

However, there will be great community concern as the implications of their approach are thought through and perhaps witnessed as tensions around Kevin McDaid’s murder and the marches in the area continue.

It has been claimed in court that the UDA was involved in Kevin’s murder. How then can the UPRG blame everyone else in their statement as if they were the injured party? How can they make outlandish accusations when the dogs in the street know what happened and what has happened in this area over many years?

If they were even concerned about all drug dealers in the area and how they feed off each other and all cases of intimidation that at least would be a small step.

It is now definitely time for Unionist politicians to play their part. They have been semi-detached on many issues. They cannot allow the UDA / UPRG to, as I said only last week dictate the agenda around this area.” ENDS

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