UVF link has killed off the PUP…

That’s what Alex Kane thinks, and it has been an open secret within party circles that the link with a paramilitary which much huge limit on the size of the PUP’s vote. The toleration of armed militias for political purposes is nothing new in Irish society. But for Kane the murder of Bobby Moffett was just one Rubicon too far:

An armed and clearly active terrorist organisation killed a man: and killed him very brutally, very deliberately and very publicly.

It’s a killing that would have been discussed and then noddedthrough by a group of men in the backroom of a pub or safe house. And some of those men would, at the same time, have been briefng journalists, the NIO and PUP offcials that the UVF was making ‘signifcant progress’ towards community politics and civilianisation.

It’s a killing that comes on the back of a growing list of IMC reports – 24 so far – indicating that the UVF was taking an incredibly long time to sort itself out, decommission and stand down. Indeed, from 2004 to 2008 the UVF had been ‘specifed’ by the secretary of state and was only de-specifed, on a recommendation from the IMC, in July 2008.

Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger.

While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.