Groomed by the UVF

ARMED with a flick bat and wearing a balaclava, 16 year-old Martin Smyth knew what he was about to do was very, very wrong. Along with three other teenagers, he was under UVF orders to “put out” a foreign national family who had just moved to Belfast. “The senior (UVF) ones said they were involvedContinue reading “Groomed by the UVF”

Masked UVF thugs stormed Ian Ogle’s place of work a year before murder

MURDERED loyalist Ian Ogle predicted his own death after masked UVF thugs stormed his place of work a year before he was butchered in the street. The east Belfast thugs followed the dad-of-two (45) to his window fitting job, smashed up a car he was travelling in before ordering colleagues to force the father outContinue reading “Masked UVF thugs stormed Ian Ogle’s place of work a year before murder”

‘The British government has dragged us through the mud for 45 years – now there’s proof one of their officers was involved in the massacre’ – Des Lee

A survivor of the Miami Showband massacre has called the existence of army documents naming an undercover solider at the scene as “the final nail in the coffin”. Des Lee, who miraculously survived the 1975 atrocity, said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) papers calling out Captain Robert Nairac and his alleged role in the UVFContinue reading “‘The British government has dragged us through the mud for 45 years – now there’s proof one of their officers was involved in the massacre’ – Des Lee”

‘Forty years after they murdered him, Daddy is finally at rest’

THE daughter of a SDLP activist murdered by a loyalist gang 40 years ago has told of the heartbreaking decision to exhume her father’s remains. Denise Mullen said she was left with “no choice” but to move dad Denis’ body from a plot in Co Tyrone after years of pain stopped both her and herContinue reading “‘Forty years after they murdered him, Daddy is finally at rest’”

The RUC widow left with a collusion legacy

Published in the Sunday World (March 25, 2018) IT’S been over 40 years since Rosemary Campbell was left a heartbroken widow. But for the 84 year-old nothing has changed since the day her Catholic RUC husband was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries. That’s because the grandmother has been left with a collusion legacy where walls ofContinue reading “The RUC widow left with a collusion legacy”

Bringing the horror of Ulster’s past, into today’s classroom

POINTING at an image of his bandmates on an assembly hall screen, Stephen Travers asks a roomful of school pupils, ‘Can any of you identify the Protestants or the Catholics?’ It was a question no teacher would dare ask, but for the Miami Showband survivor it was part of an important lesson not being taught in today’s classroom – the horror of Ulster’s troubled past. SomeContinue reading “Bringing the horror of Ulster’s past, into today’s classroom”