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Archbishop of Canterbury meets Ulster Loyalists

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Justin Welby has met with Ulster Loyalists during a meeting in London.

Former Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Ian Adamson, PUP member Winston Irvine and former UDA Brigadier Jackie McDonald were among the delegation from the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC)

Dr Justin Welby's press office said Friday's private meeting was held over lunch at his residence, Lambeth Palace.

Mr Irvine said the meeting was held at the invitation of the Archbishop, for him to be informed of the origins and work of the LCC; in particular its role in committing former loyalist paramilitary groups to the peace process and opposing all forms of criminality; and its work to address severe educational under-achievement in loyalist communities.

Archbishop of Canterbury meets Ulster loyalists in London - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Apparently the Archbishop recognised Winkie because he wasn't wearing a mask. Which was nice.
 


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To be fair I think Welby's heart is in the right place, albeit he's very silly in associating with these unelected front organisations.

Tis not like he's one of those pastor types that defend sectarian killings for God and Ulster.
 

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To be fair I think Welby's heart is in the right place, albeit he's very silly in associating with these unelected front organisations.

Tis not like he's one of those pastor types that defend sectarian killings for God and Ulster.
Loyalism has been out in the cold for some time. With no UDP/PUP representation at Stormont, they feel marginalised and alienated from the mainstream political process. Welby meeting them doesn't resolve that issue, but it does provide Loyalism with a superficial feeling of inclusiveness, no matter how deceptive. I understand most people's issue with Loyalist paramilitary types, but if we've learned anything from the past, it's that exclusion, marginalisation and alienation always gives way to trouble.
 

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Loyalism has been out in the cold for some time. With no UDP/PUP representation at Stormont, they feel marginalised and alienated from the mainstream political process. Welby meeting them doesn't resolve that issue, but it does provide Loyalism with a superficial feeling of inclusiveness, no matter how deceptive. I understand most people's issue with Loyalist paramilitary types, but if we've learned anything from the past, it's that exclusion, marginalisation and alienation always gives way to trouble.
Can't disagree with any of that but these boy's aren't helping the optics.

Two admit involvement in UDA blackmailing plot - Belfast Newsletter
 

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Can't disagree with any of that but these boy's aren't helping the optics.

Two admit involvement in UDA blackmailing plot - Belfast Newsletter
It doesn't surprise me that the UDA are still doing protection rackets. That's been a tidy little earner for them, and old habits die hard. Attempting to remove this sort of activity from within Loyalist communities is difficult as it's endemic. Rooting out the culprits isn't easy either, as they still rule their communities by instilling fear, and people are afraid to speak out.
 

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Can't see the problem with it. Its not like he met with the Orange Order.
Or that mysterious and elusive P.ie poster, Swords Hoopster.
 

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Dejavu (Cockney rhyming slang for no u).
 

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Yer ma, Fermanagh speek for Yer ma...
 


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