- Sep 29, 2009
Only when it featured in The S(c)um did this make waves:
There is, as a matter of helpful fact, a better version on the Inews site:WRONG TUNE DUP politician says he thought terrorist meeting he attended was actually a flute band event
Whistle-blower from banned group UDA claims councillor Wesley Irvine attended one of their meetings to hand out voter registration forms ahead of June general election
That should take us back to the BBC exposé:The Ulster Defence Association (UDA) member who said that if his name was revealed he would be killed told BBC Northern Irelands respected Spotlight investigative programme that the banned terrorist group had an increasingly close relationship with the DUP over recent years.
The man told Spotlight that a month before the General Election DUP councillor Wesley Irvine attended a meeting of the UDAs North Down battalion in Bangor, with the meeting chaired by the man alleged to be the groups commander, Dee Stitt.
He claimed that the former Mayor of North Down was there looking for voters and that prior to the meeting beginning all the women left and those present were asked to leave their phones outside the room.
He said that the first item of business was for Wesley Irvine to run around the room handing out voter registration forms and DUP election material to chants of DUP from Dee Stitt.
That's a nice little, tight little set-up you've got there, Arlene.A look at how and why the DUP and Sinn Fein allowed community groups linked to loyalist paramilitaries to benefit from Stormont's Social Investment Fund.