“not interested in vague promises of what they might do or might have done”

It’s probably safe to say that this is a sign that the de facto leader of the UDA, Jackie McDonald [one of those “good guys in Carrickfergus” – Ed], is feeling the pressure. He’s told Brian Rowan that the UDA were planning “a “significant statement” indicating ” significant progress” and claims the Northern Ireland Office has known about it for some time.” Only he can’t reveal the detail and it wouldn’t be announced until 11 November.. That deadline is 9 October. Brian Rowan is, correctly, sceptical of McDonald’s claim. And the Social Development minister has responded.