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These loyalists left the Good Friday Agreement behind decades ago

Andree Murphy


Response all about constitutional question, writes Andree Murphy

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Show of force: Masked members of the UDA — which declared a ceasefire in 1994 — march in the Lower Shankill Road areation

Show of force: Masked members of the UDA — which declared a ceasefire in 1994 — march in the Lower Shankill Road areation

Show of force: Masked members of the UDA — which declared a ceasefire in 1994 — march in the Lower Shankill Road areation

So, the Loyalist Communities Council has stated in writing to the British Prime Minister that the groups it represents have withdrawn their support for the Belfast Agreement and its institutions.

The letter begins with defining the group as "representative of the main Loyalist Groups" that supported the agreement in 1998. It fails to mention that the groups writing letters now are barely recognisable to the loyalism of post-ceasefire political negotiation.

In 1998 loyalism was distinct from the Ulster Unionist Party and the anti-agreement DUP.


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