Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 30 August 2015

Angry UDA chiefs rush to condemn senior loyalist Jackie McDonald over Twelfth comments

By Lesley-Anne McKeown and Alan Murray

Published 12/07/2012

Jackie McDonald
Jackie McDonald
A PSNI water-cannon puts out a fire on the roof of a pub during last night's disturbances in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly arrives at a rally in Ardoyne to highlight opposition to those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights July 2010
Ardoyne resident Eddie Copeland speaking with police last night - Ardoyne residents gather to protest about the recent rioting in the area July 2010
Angry confrontation between Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly (left) and masked youths at Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between a local woman and masked youths at Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths set fire to a Union flag and a loyalist UVF flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between Sinn Fein's Bobby Storey and a masked youth at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths with an Irish tricolour flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting in the area July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
A young boy stands with his face covered by a hoodiie in front of a burning hijacked car as police come under petrol bomb attack in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2010. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Belfast.The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm.
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
A stolen car explodes as police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Trouble in Ardoyne following the Orange Order parade in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Disturbances at Belfast's Ardoyne interface. July 12, 210
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A plastic bullet is fired (right side of the photo) as police clash with youths before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
The scene at the Ardoyne interface as the Orange Order march through the area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A police officer is brought to hosiptal after being injured during rioting at ARdoyne in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange parade passes through the flashpoint area
Nationalist youths stage a rooftop protest as an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast
Police accompany the parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
Police have fired a number of baton rounds after being attacked with petrol bombs by rioters in north Belfast
A PSNI landrover is attacked in Ardoyne, north Belfast
Police and nationalist protesters after an Orange Order march in north Belfast
Annual 12th July Orange Order parades take place across Northern Ireland to mark The Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Local residents at Ardoyne in north Belfast hold a peaceful protest as local lodges make their way past the Ardoyne shops to the main parade. The feeder parade makes it's way down the Crumlin Road and past the Ardoyne shops with nationalist residents holding a protest.
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd, LOL 59
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street, LOL1922
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Royal Av, LOL1922
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Royal Av past City Hall
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL 821
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL1189
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL1064
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 128
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, Womans LOL
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 128
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, District No 5
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 275
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12th of July Celebrations in Belfast city centre. Members of various Orange Orders marched yesterday for the 2011 celebrations
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
Drummers make their way along the Newry Street Banbridge before going to Rathfriland for the main Parade. Photo Paul BYrne
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way Royal Av
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way Royal Av , LOL39
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade takes a rest on the Dublin Rd
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July. The Pink Lady Brigade
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTourism voxpop at the 12th of July celebrations in Belfast City Centre. Sydney Spence from South Australia
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTourism voxpop at the 12th of July celebrations in Belfast City Centre. Torsten Linde pictured with his wife
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea.Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea.Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
Gemma McCullough and Andreena McCurdy enjoy the sunshine during the North Antrim parade in Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Drummer Jamie Cooke enjoys the North Antrim parade in Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Keeping an eye on the happenings at Ballycastle 12th celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
A young orangeman on parade in Ballycastle on Tuesday as the North Antrim celebrations continue. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Dressed for the occasion at the North Antrim 12th celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
John Finlay steps out during the North Antrim 12th of July celebrations in Ballycastle Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
A helping hand during the 12th celebration sin Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry co Down District No: 7 12th July Celebrations SOuth Down DefendersMandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry co Down District No: 7 12th July Celebrations Little drummer boy, Commons Silver BandMandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry Co Down LOL No 943 before they head to the main celebration in Rathfriland . Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
Boyne Star LOL 16 on the march during the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
In flull flow, a flautist from Armadale Flute Band, Scotland plays a merry tune as he parades the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Lauren Murphy, Megan Boucher and Emma McGraw enjoy the summer sunshine at the County Londonderry Twelfth celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
The New Stevenson band from Scotland leads Ballykelly LoL No. 699 through Limavady on tuesday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Sarah Clarence, Hollie O'Kane and Jasmine O'Kane welcome marchers to the annual County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebrations in their home town, Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Orangemen on parade during the County Londonderry 12th of July celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
The Grand Lodge of Ireland banner leads the way during the County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Blery Loyal Sons of William pass under the Queen Street arch during the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.

Senior loyalist Jackie McDonald has been cut adrift by the UDA leadership after he branded The Twelfth his worst day of the year.

The remarks, in which the paramilitary boss claimed he detested the annual Orange demonstration, have led to a rebuke from other figures in the terror group following fury from the loyalist community. Fears of a split among the UDA leadership are now growing.

Loyalists in Belfast, north Antrim and Londonderry branded the south Belfast brigadier’s Twelfth comments “disgraceful”, “insulting” and “offensive”.

On Monday, Mr McDonald told the Belfast Telegraph he “hated” the Twelfth; described the annual demonstration as the “worst day of his year” and urged loyalist leaders in north Belfast to abandon a contentious return leg of a feeder parade at Ardoyne.

The west Belfast branch of the UPRG (Ulster Political Research Group), political advisors to the UDA, said it had been “inundated with complaints” from its membership and wider community.

Asked if Mr McDonald would be deposed, a senior UDA source in north Antrim said: “He hasn’t been speaking for us for a long time. We do not recognise him as having anything to do with us up here.”

“Jackie has been ploughing a furrow that has nothing to do with us and what he said about the Twelfth parade merely confirmed that he is out on a limb as far as the mainstream membership is concerned.”

In a statement issued with the support of the UDA in the greater Shankill area, the UPRG said: “(We) would like to clarify our position on the disgraceful personal comments made by a member of our south Belfast branch.

“The member’s statement that the Twelfth day is his worst day of the year is in his opinion based on drunkenness and does not equate to the events including the tireless endeavours of the marshals at Ardoyne and in east Belfast and further afield and is considered by us as totally reprehensible.”

The UPRG said loyalist community workers had worked selflessly to ensure that contentious parades passed off peacefully.

“To group these men with drunken fights is totally unwarranted and deceitful,” the statement added. “These men give up their holiday time of both morning and evenings to ensure their community and their culture is protected. They have always done so soberly and diligently despite intense provocation from all sections of republicanism including personal attacks. As a consequence this individual (McDonald) would appear to be totally out of step with the overwhelming thinking of the majority of the wider loyalist family.

“The south Belfast member does not have a contested parade within his area and is therefore totally unqualified to pass comment. It is offensive to these community members to be labelled by someone who should know better than to stigmatise sections within the wider loyalist community.”

Meanwhile, a source within the north Antrim/Londonderry UDA said that they too “wish to disassociate themselves” from Mr McDonald’s remarks. “They are also baffled by comments in the press in which he stated that rioting was between different factions of loyalists and ‘there was not a Catholic for miles’,” he said.

“This is also an insult to all those from the loyalist community and loyal orders who work tirelessly to ensure such events pass off peacefully.

“Those comments do not reflect the thinking of any loyalist in the north Antrim, Londonderry area and we wish to reiterate our support for all those in lodges and bands who will be participating in the largest cultural event in Northern Ireland.”

Relations between Mr McDonald and other UDA units have been strained over the last four years with some of the more hardline elements vilifying him over his close relationship with Martin McAleese, the husband of former Irish President Mary McAleese.



Very public row aimed at isolating key figure

By Brian Rowan

This is the UDA washing its dirty linen in a very public way — deliberately letting this Twelfth row play out in the news.

And it is about trying to isolate its most public leader.

The UPRG is UDA-linked; its branches shaped to fit with the UDA ‘brigades’. And within that structure, territory is jealously protected.

So what we have is a row between McDonald and the Shankill.

Just look at the UPRG language used to criticise what McDonald had to say about the Twelfth — “reprehensible, disgraceful, offensive”, and containing the cutting sentence: “As a consequence this individual would appear to be totally out of step with the overwhelming thinking of the majority of the wider loyalist family.”

How does McDonald now sit at the same table with the UDA Shankill ‘brigadier’ Matt Kincaid?

There will be those who will see sense in the idea floated by McDonald, the suggestion of a one-way ticket to the Field on the Twelfth and no return marches.

And his description of it being “his worst day of the year” was a reference to the trouble he and other loyalists have to try to tidy up, rows often related to drink.

It was not an attack on Orange culture. But there are others who are still playing with the parades issue, and Ardoyne in north Belfast is becoming another of those “last stand” places.

In the background, UVF and UDA figures are pulling strings, as are dissidents on the other side.

And they could create a mess that others will be left to clean up.

That is what McDonald is trying to avoid.

“It’s inevitable where this is going,” a senior loyalist said, meaning an eventual UDA split.

He means a split between those who have stepped into the bright lights of the peace process, and those who still want to skulk in the dark corners of the past.

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