I held on to see if Mr Mallie would blog this on here himself:
The UDA’s five brigadiers and 4/5 representatives of their respective districts have been extended invitations to a wreath laying ceremony by Queen Elizabeth at Islandbridge in honour of the war dead.
My first knee-jerk reaction is that this is a calculated insult.
It isn’t, of course.
That is to say it isn’t “calculated”- but ‘insult’ it most certainly is to at least three different parties:
1. To all those who lost loved ones to the UDA or any of the associated murder gangs which operated under its umbrella.
2. To the war-dead and their families. It should be a basic rule of thumb that fascists should not be permitted anywhere near commemorations of the victims of (or those who fought) fascism.
3. The working-class communities that the likes of McDonald and his “brigadiers” dare to claim they represent.
Eamonn euphemistically (I hope) has attempted to justify it thus:
“ President Mary McAleese’s husband Martin has been involved with UDA leaders in community work for several years. “
“Community work”? The UDA? Seriously?