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23 November 2000 Edition

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Loyalist killer at neo-Nazi ceremony

Loyalist killer Stephen Irwin was amongst a crowd of British neo-Nazis shouting fascist slogans during Poppy Day ceremonies in London on Sunday 12 November.

The group of right wing activists had attempted to infiltrate the Poppy Day ceremonies at the Cenotaph in London but were prevented from doing so.

Irwin, convicted for his part in the Halloween attack on the Rising Sun Bar in the County Derry village of Greysteel in 1993, was released from Long Kesh in July.

Eight people died in the attack, dubbed the `Trick or Treat massacre', after the UDA killers shouted the slogan before opening fire.

This is the latest in a long line of revelations about the contacts between loyalist death squads and British neo-Nazis. Just two months ago, the Observer newspaper disclosed that Irwin had befriended a leading C18 activist, Mark Atkinson and was planning on moving to London. Speculation was that Irwin was set on joining C18, although the UDA denied this at the time.

UVF display angers Presbyterian church members

The congregation of the small Presbyterian church in the County Down village of Clough are angered that uniformed UVF members put on a show of strength in the cemetery of their church on Sunday 12 November.

The Poppy Day display was carried out at the grave of Charles Watson, a former UDR soldier, prison officer and UVF member executed by the IRA in 1987.

Although no loyalist group admitted that Watson was a member he was described at the time of his execution as, ``a loyalist activist''.

In its statement of responsibility, the IRA said that Watson was active in a loyalist death squad operating in the South Down area which was behind the killing of 79-year-old Kathleen Mullan and her 31-year-old son Terry near Ballynahinch. The same death squad was also involved in the 1988 killing of Jack Kielty, father of the well-known comedian Patrick.

The UVF display on 12 November is significant in that the UVF, which had its power base in the Clough area, lost its influence and structure to the LVF.

Republicans in the area are speculating that the UVF may be trying to rebuild its base in the area in competition with the LVF.

It is known that the LVF in the area have been behind a number of attacks in the Castlewellan area including a bomb attack on a young nationalist outside the town two months ago.


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