Kevin Myers: Apply spirit of Islandbridge to WW2 heroes
Published 24/05/2011 | 05:00
WE may as well begin with an audit of the royal visit. What, if anything, went awry? It is not churlish to do this, merely adult -- and one thing that was certainly not right was the place of honour that was given to the Ulster Defence Association at Islandbridge.
Most servicemen of both traditions did not share that privilege, and nor did the relatives of the hundreds of victims of the UDA/UFF.
Moreover, we also had the pleasure of hearing the UDA leader Jackie McDonald justify this preferment because of the UDA's role as "combatants".