With the focus on the ‘good’ UDA and public funding you might think that it wouldn’t be the best time to be making thinly veiled threats refering to “The UDA leadership has shown restraint” in response to the ‘not-so-good’ UDA in South East Antrim.. But they have done just that, amongst allegations about others from an un-named spokesman, in this Belfast Telegraph report
“The UDA leadership has shown restraint as we move into a new era of peace and political stability. The major barrier to peace is this dictatorship in south east Antrim.”
More from the statement in the Belfast Telegraph
Speaking last night to the Belfast Telegraph, a spokesman for the inner council said: “(Loyalist politician Tommy) Kirkham is under pressure after the recent return of McClean and his gang. These guys believe they are safe in Larne.
“McClean wants firm action against internal dissent and against the UDA inner council. But the recent transformation to peace has shown that the tactics of McClean, Adair, Gray and the Shoukris all end in failure.
“The stakes have been raised by this man’s return and the good men of south east Antrim are disgusted by the fact Kirkham has given McClean sanctuary and freedom to continue his criminal exploits.
“The UDA leadership has shown restraint as we move into a new era of peace and political stability. The major barrier to peace is this dictatorship in south east Antrim.
“The regime of terror in south east Antrim must be dismantled. The inner council is asking the good guys to regain control and return the area to a state of normality instead of beating men up to keep control.”