Wednesday 21 November 2018

McAleese puts UVF guns out of commission

But UDA is still opposed to plan by the President's husband despite promise of development cash, writes Alan Murray

The husband of President Mary McAleese is understood to have played an influential role in persuading loyalist paramilitaries to decommission weapons under their control.

Martin McAleese is believed to have persuaded some of the key figures in the outlawed Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) organisations to seriously consider decommissioning weapons.

It is indicated within loyalist circles that Mr McAleese has suggested up to €10m could be made available in deprived unionist areas for developments and job opportunities following substantial acts of decommissioning.

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