The UDA kingpin who gained a President's trust
Published 20/08/2011 | 05:00
Imagine the First Gentleman in the áras, Senator Martin McAleese, being proposed as a presidential candidate by a self-styled 'Brigadier' in an illegal paramilitary organisation.
Picture a UDA leader sentenced to 10 years for extortion and blackmail partnering the President's spouse for 18 holes at the K Club, the preferred pleasure spa of billionaires.
Visualise the same loyalist desperado on a panel in west Belfast with Matt Baggott, the Chief Constable of the PSNI, and his predecessor Hugh Orde, now Britain's most influential policeman.