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William ‘Plum’ Smith at the loyalist ceasefire announcement in 1994

William ‘Plum’ Smith at the loyalist ceasefire announcement in 1994

William ‘Plum’ Smith's archive

William ‘Plum’ Smith's archive

Some of the documents from his archive

Some of the documents from his archive

Some of the documents from his archive

Some of the documents from his archive

Some of the documents from his archive

Some of the documents from his archive

Smith’s delegate pass to the talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement

Smith’s delegate pass to the talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement

William ‘Plum’ Smith at the loyalist ceasefire announcement in 1994

A huge archive of papers belonging to the late loyalist paramilitary leader turned peacemaker William 'Plum' Smith has been sold in a Dublin auction.

And the former Red Hand Commando's collection - which included documents related to secret loyalist talks with the IRA and letters from American President Bill Clinton - went for nearly twice what the auctioneers had estimated.

Whyte's had predicted the ex- Progressive Unionist Party chairman's archive would fetch up between €5,000 and €7,000 but in the end it realised €13,000.