The PSNI, when challenged by the Irish News last week, refused to confirm or deny UDA involvement in two shootings in North Antrim the previous week after I informed the paper who was behind the attacks. They also refused to confirm UDA involvement to the Irish News regarding the murder of Brian McIlhagga who was viciously beaten and shot by the UDA in Ballymoney. Instead they pre-empted the publication of the story by the Irish News, releasing their own statement on Wednesday evening claiming they suspected UDA involvement in the attacks. The PR stunt by the PSNI was to stave off accusations of collusion with senior members of the Security Services and the UDA.
Brian McIlhagga had his name attacked even in death. Suggestions of a drug dispute after PSNI briefed a beneficial and sympathetic publication on Sunday was to have the public conclude, sure its only a drug dealer. But the facts; Mr. McIlhagga stood up to support a female after abuse, insults etc were directed at her by a local UDA thug in Ballymoney. For his actions, McIlhagga was beaten and shot. It was believed the beating was so severe it was that rather than the shooting which ended his life.
Many of you have asked me to publish the article that appeared in this weeks Irish News. Included is the opinion of the Irish News themselves. Click on the images for greater size and quality! I make the claim on the basis of the number of attacks carried out by the UDA, number of arrests, number of charges & number of convictions of UDA – NONE. I make the claim on the basis of information being passed to me by a source close to the heart of the UDA ( that information has proved accurate to a T) and I also make the claim as rank and file members of the PSNI locally, when challenged, say they are not allowed to intervene in certain types of crime committed by the UDA.
If we are serious about smashing the UDA murder gangs operating in North Antrim and Coleraine, it is essential we expose the links that sustain them.