Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) was launched on 13th October 2015. With the full backing of the UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commando and was also the group which give it’s full backing to the ten recently elected Unionist DUP Westminster MP’s
A former chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party has resigned from the party and accused it of “political mismanagement and amateurism”.
David Campbell had been a party member for 35 years, and served as former leader David Trimble’s chief of staff.
Mr Campbell is also chairman of the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC).
The organisation became part of a major controversy during the last election after it endorsed some unionist candidates.
The endorsement was rejected by both Robin Swann, the current UUP leader, and his predecessor Mike Nesbitt.
Speaking to the BBC’s Talkback programme, he said the final straws for him were the UUP’s reaction to the LCC’s endorsement of unionist candidates and the “failure to consider a proper electoral pact with the DUP”.
“My personal view is that the party has gone past a tipping point, we did have a period before where we had no MPs before, but we had a strong assembly party,” he said.
“I think the electoral dynamic in Northern Ireland has changed irrevocably following the Sinn Féin success in the pre-emptive assembly election.
“That is pointing to two largely hegemonic parties in respect to nationalist and unionist communities and it is the prime reason that voters flocked to the DUP in this [general] election.”
Mr Campbell said there had been a drift away from traditional Ulster Unionist values, with former leader Mike Nesbitt and others declaring themselves liberal unionists.
“The typical Ulster Unionist voter is a church-goer who would be largely traditional conservative in their outlook and they were being presented with, in some cases, candidates espousing a very different view on serious moral issues,” he said.
“The comfort I take in the electoral decline of the Ulster Unionist Party is that the DUP has moved largely exclusively onto Ulster Unionist policy through their acceptance of the agreement and the subsequent power-sharing arrangements and the drift of Ulster Unionism into the DUP.
“I think in the eyes of the average unionist elector the DUP is largely what the Ulster Unionist Party once was.”
When asked if he thought the DUP was now the only viable party of unionism he said: “Undoubtedly, and that’s clearly [a view] shared by the electorate.”
Ulster Unionist councillor David Browne said he did not agree that the party was finished.
“I do believe that the party has changed drastically from the party I joined around 35 years ago and I do agree with some of the comments he made around the previous leadership,” he said.
“Robin Swann is only in the job and in fairness to him I though he’s done a reasonably good job.”
But real republicans know Sinn Féin signed away our rights to a United Ireland in 1998.
Gerry Adams has dismissed speculation that Sinn Fein had lost interest in Stormont as his newly-elected MPs headed to London.
The Sinn Fein president argued that devolution provided “a strategic route” towards a united Ireland.
On the first day of a two-day visit, the seven republican MPs had a series of meetings, but continued the tradition of staying away from the House of Commons chamber.
There was speculation the group might meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, although there was no confirmation yesterday.
With the MPs in the UK capital, Mr Adams was in Dublin, where he urged incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to get more directly involved in the negotiations aimed at restoring devolution.
Mr Adams also firmly denied that his party’s focus had shifted as a result of the Brexit vote.
What has Stormont got to do with a United Ireland Gerry?
“The focus has to be on plan A, which is to get the institutions in place, that is our focus and we would like to think it will be the focus of the incoming Taoiseach,” he said.
“We want into the institutions, because that is what the people desire, that is what the people voted for.
“But also because we think, strategically, that is the way to a united Ireland.
“The way forward is not to be in a vacuum, to have stagnation, the way forward is to have that forum working on the basis on which it should have been established.”
Meanwhile, the smaller parties have complained that the Stormont talks to restore devolution are failing to gain momentum. The first round-table session involving all five parties and the British and Irish Governments is not expected until tomorrow.
That leaves just a fortnight until Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s “immovable” deadline of June 29, after which a decision must be taken on the return of direct rule.
Inter-party meetings, mostly involving officials, continued yesterday but the focus of interest had shifted to the talks in London between the Conservatives and the DUP.
Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan is also expected to be absent today because of events surrounding the incoming Taoiseach in Dublin.
Back in Belfast, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said there was “deep suspicion and concern that a public deal between Theresa May and Arlene Foster might be accompanied with a private, grubby back room deal which none of us will get sight of for years to come”.
“It is in the interests of all our people that we are given full transparency. It is also the only way to address the public’s suspicion and concern,” he insisted.
Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry said the lack of an all-party round-table until Thursday at the earliest “doesn’t inspire confidence”.
Most of the parties have met Mr Flanagan and Mr Brokenshire since Monday, but Mr Farry said: “There remains no impetus. We need people to step up to the plate, and do so without delay.
“The consequences of not doing so are too severe.”
Meanwhile, UUP leader Robin Swann said seeking an independent chairperson for the talks was “futile”.
Nationalists have complained that Mr Brokenshire cannot be an “honest broker” because his party is seeking a deal with the DUP at Westminster.
Mr Swann said: “We have a few short weeks to restore devolution. Let’s not waste any more time dancing around on the head of a pin.”
Helen Deery I dont care who said what or when the MoFD does NOT have permission to display my brother Manus Deery in any way,shape,or form please have the good grace to take his image out.
Barney Stinson You legally don’t have image rights over your brother. And if you did it isn’ta thing of ‘backsies’ as waines say.
Helen Deery Are you for real, here you can see the blatant abuse of my wee brother for monetary gain iv already said they don’t have permission from any member of my Family to portray his image in any way we find it not only hurtful but immoral to align him with the very same regiment that murdered him, its my strong opinion they are in breach of article 8 of the human rights act ” a right to family life ” but what astounds me more is the many sf people commenting on my families decision, how dare yous when yous never once supported us in our campaign to clear his name , in fact at the 39 anniversary of Bloody Sunday March ,when i tried to put his banner behind the Ballymurphy families Martina Anderson ( surrounded by SF ) to me to move to the back of the Bloody Sunday March thats how much they thought of Him , shame on them damned shame
Helen Deery By the way whats Backsies mean, iv never heard of it.
Rhonda Lynn Murray
Rhonda Lynn Murray Anyone’s pants on fire over there?
Maureen Kilroy Why don’t you publish them in their entirety
Micky Rigney He should have been a jockey he rides that many populace horses.
I wonder what People before profits voters in Irish St. Will make of their protest at the Museum.
Then again like their principles them voters are a fantasy
Raymond McCartney By your standards shall you be judged. Eamonn McCann stated that untruths should be retracted, over to you Eamonn.
Patrick Fahy You need to have a good memory if you’re telling lies about the past!
· 1 · 14 hrstle the Museum of Free Derry think of my brother Manus
UDA-Linked Ulster magazine urges support for four DUP candidates and urges its members not to support Ulster’ s Alliance Party &
AND THREATENS ANYONE VOTING FOR THE ALLIANCE PARTY THAT THEY “WILL BE SHOOT” ULSTER DEMOCRACY!
AleAne FOSTER HAS BEEN CRITICISED FOR MEETING THE UDA BOSS (pictured above), only DAYS AFTER IT MUDERED ONE OF THEIR OWN IN BANGOR. IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND.
The Loyalist Communities Council has the backing of the three main loyalist paramilitary organisations, the UDA, the UVF and the Red Hand Commando
An umbrella group which has the backing of the three main loyalist paramilitary organisations has warned unionists not to vote for the Alliance party.
The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) was launched in 2015.
In a statement, it said that “any unionist who votes for the Alliance Party is driving a nail into the coffin of the union”.
The Alliance Party has strongly rebuked the LCC position, calling the statement “absurd”.
The loyalist community council has the backing of the Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando.
The LCC also said no party has done “more to undermine the Britishness of Northern Ireland, and foment community mistrust and division than the Alliance Party”.
It called for a maximum turnout by unionist voters and endorsed four specific candidates.
They are Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott in Fermanagh and South Tyrone, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds in North Belfast, the DUP’s Gavin Robinson in East Belfast and the DUP’s Emma Little Pengelly in South Belfast.
THE FOUR VERY WELL KNOWN DUP members ENDORSED BY THE UDA ARE Named and PICTURED BElow.
In the first two constituencies, the candidates mentioned are the only unionists running, but in the other two seats the DUP faces competition from the Ulster Unionists.
In a statement, the Alliance Party said: “In sharp contrast to the DUP, who appear content to accept the endorsement of paramilitaries, Alliance is satisfied to accept their rejection of our principled and consistent stand for the rule of law and against all terrorism.
“This absurd statement shows not only the dearth of political analysis within loyalist paramilitaries at this time, but highlights clearly which parties are really willing to take on and challenge paramilitaries, and which are happier to chase and foster their support.
The Loyalist Communities Council was launched in 2015 with the assistance of Tony Blair’s former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell
In Monday night’s UTV election debate, both Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and Alliance’s Naomi Long challenged the DUP’s Nigel Dodds to reject the endorsement of a group linked to loyalist paramilitaries.
Mr Dodds replied that his party had always opposed paramilitarism.
Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme on Tuesday, the DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said.
JeffreyI do not seek, nor does the DUP seek the support or endorsement of any paramilitary organisation, and we reject any such endorsement.
The Ulster Unionist Party leader, Robin Swann, said: “The Ulster Unionist Party is a party of law and order.
“We have not asked for the support of paramilitary organisations nor do we want the backing of organisations still engaged in paramilitary or criminal activity.”
On social media, former Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has clarified that he has not asked for and does not accept the LCC’s statement of support.
Mr Nesbitt was not one of the candidates mentioned in the group’s election statement.
Tony Blair’s former chief of staff Jonathan Powell played a part in setting up the LCC.
Mr Powell described the formation of the council as the “last best chance” to include loyalists left behind by the peace process
With many thanks to: UTV Northern Ireland, for the original story.
THE BBC had to issue a clarification at the end of it’s flagship programme after Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir made claims about DUP rival Emma Little Pengelly’s father.
The pair clashed on The View during a debate between South Belfast candidates for next week’s Westminister election broadcast from St George’s Market on Thursday night. In a heated exchange, Mr Ó Muilleoir refused to appologise for mentioning Mrs Pengelly’s father Noel Little after she urged the Sinn Féin MLA to condemn IRA bombings.
Mr Little was a founder of Ulster Resistance. In 1989 he was arrested in Paris in connection with a plot to exchange a missile stolen from Shorts for South African guns. The weapons sought were destined for the UVF, UDA and Ulster Resistance. After spending two years on remand, he and two others received suspended sentences and fines.
The well known and often bought magazine “The Loyalist” is mainly bought and sold wihin the loyalist community of North & West Belfast. Only to members of the UDA & UVF. Facing criticism from Mr Ó Muilleoir, she accused him of hypocrisy and urged him to condemn IRA acts of violence including the 1996 Manchester bombing. In response, Mr Ó Muilleoir said: ‘I wasn’t sure what point of this conversation I would get to mention your father, Emma, who when my father was being discriminated against working in the Harland & Wolff, was bringing in guns into this country which led to the slaughter along the Island.”
Mrs Pengelly interacted: “I’m going to stop you there.
His name was raised after Mrs Pengelly defended her Westminister candidacy being endorsed in a magazine connected to the UDA-linked Ulster Political Research Group. Alliance’s Paula Bradshaw called on Mrs Pengelly to publicly reject the endorsement.
Mrs Pengelly said the DUP has “clearly called for the UDA to go away, and all paramilitary organisations”. She added that the article in The Loyalist endorsed her because of the “hard work the DUP have been doing in the community for everybody”. Facing criticism from Mr Ó Muilleoir, she accused him of hypocrisy and urged him to condemn IRA acts of violence including the 1996 Manchester bombing.
Mrs Pengelly interjected: “I think its absolutely appalling for Máirtín to sit there and just say that. Because I think when Máirtín goes back to his group meeting of the MLAs from Sinn Féin and he looks left and right and he sees people in his party that have committed horrendous crimes, and I want him to think how would you feel, how would you feel, if their children – who had no responsibility for the actions of your colleagues – had to sit in a studio and hear abuse like you have given me. It’s a lack of respect, it is wrong and I am going to call you out on that.”
Asked by host Mark Carruthers if he wished to apologise, Mr Ó Muilleoir said: “I will not apologise for bringing up the question of Noel Little who brought in guns to this country. “But if Emma had any self-respect, she would not be trying to lecture other people on the terrible conflict we have been through. “You are the last person, to be lecturing.”
Mrs Pengelly said she has “clearly condemned all paramilitary violence”. At the end of the pre-recorded TV programme, a BBC continuiy announcer said: “We have been asked to point out that Noel Little was never convicted of arms importation to the North of Ireland. “He was given a suspended sentence and fined in a French court for his part in an intelligence plot.”
With many thanks to: Brendan Hughes, The Irish News, for the origional story.
“Sinn Fein don’t accept partition, they just seek through different means than physical force republicanism. But Gerry is not convinced unless the bullets and the bombs are flying. Which would be fine if you were the one caught up in the gun fights you’d like to see return to the North, but it’s poor form to question the intent of people who were (certain Sinn Fein members).”
Sinn Féin accepted partition when they signed the GFA. They accepted the Loyalist veto over a united Ireland. And turned on the hold out Republicans with an appalling campaign of assassinations and beatings to force acceptance of the GFA. The story was reported in mainstream media at the time; Mo Mowlem’s “family discipline” correctly called the “Michael Collins moment” in that famous piece of graffiti.
Same as Michael Collins in the Civil War, and Fine Gael, Fianna Fail after 1927, the Officials/Workers Party after 1969. They entered the Stormont power sharing Executive to impose austerity in alliance with Ian Paisley’s DUP.
And called on their followers to grass up Republicans to the RUC/PSNI.
It is not a question of reverting to the “bullets and bombs flying” but refusing to accept the legitimacy of the Northern Ireland state and mobilising mass opposition to that by revolutionary means which aims to overthrow that state and unite Ireland with the support of the working class in the south to overthrow that colonial state, likewise a neocolonial imposition by British imperialism. And that can only be done with an internationalist perspective in conjunction with a revolutionary upsurge of the British and international working class.
Soldiers and RUC who lost their lives are being commemorated alongside victims of the State in Glenfada Park … The Bogside . The Museum was originally erected to remember the Bloody Sunday Victims . It’s name later changed to “Museum of Free Derry ” the second line of their official address however does say” The Bloody Sunday Centre” We found out that the Museum was going to do this about 2 years ago and after a battle of words with The Bloody Sunday Trust they came to a public meeting attended by local residents .
After much upset at the meeting the Trust denied and then agreed that this was the plan but were going to scrap it . They didn’t !!!! Local people are only now finding out that RUC Officers and British soldiers from 1969-1974 names are Being flashed up alongside Bloody Sunday victims and many other. Yards from where Sammy Devenny was beaten and later died of his wounds , Annette McGavigan murdered by a Brit Soldier , I could go on and on .All these years later … No Justice !! Yards from where my Brother was murdered by Paras and my Father wounded trying to help him .. the heartbreak !!!!! of knowing innocent victims are being sold out again by these charlatans … Disgraceful … SF again of course !!!