Minister comes under all manner of pressures over UDA funding…

Further to Pete’s post below, we’ve picked up another few snippets pertinent to her pending decision on funding for the UDA. Despite the reported statement from the Secratary of State that “The Commission has confirmed that meaningful engagement and negotiations have started”, her office have heard nothing directly from the General, who is said to have returned home without making any public statement on the matter. It also seems that former Archbishop Robin Eames – whose group has been tasked with finding ways of dealing with the past – has contacted her office in order to speak to her on the matter. And for good measure her office received a death threat aimed at her personally in the run up to the weekend. Hmmm… And as Brian Feeney pointed out last Wednesday, the DUP seems to have completely abandoned its pre St Andrews Agreement position on such matters. Even Sinn Fein’s on the side of the Pursuaders.

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