Six held over Gray’s killing…

That’s fairly quick for Northern Ireland standards. This discussion on Morning Ireland (sound file) indicates it may have been part of a local fragmentation of the UDA. Jim McDowell points out that in contrast to 1994 when the Loyalists took only six weeks to follow the IRA’s ceasefire, the paramilitaries of today are a patchwork quilt of local barons, rather than a coherent movement – an increasingly loose Association in fact.

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