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Bereaved: Gerry Armstrong with a picture of his brother Paul

Bereaved: Gerry Armstrong with a picture of his brother Paul

Bereaved: Gerry Armstrong with a picture of his brother Paul

Two families bereaved by the UVF have pledged to vociferously oppose attempts by its leaders to secure legally held weapons and £5m funding for their community projects.

Gerry Armstrong whose 18-year-old brother Paul was beaten and then shot dead in 1974 said it would be "an obscene insult to innocent victims" if the Government agreed to the paramilitary group's request.

Paul McIlwaine, whose 18-year-old son David was stabbed to death 20 years ago, said it would be "insane" to grant firearm licences to UVF members.


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