Loyalist Research Group 'Could Aid Peace Process'
Byline: RUTH O'REILLY
A REVIVED loyalist political consultation group could help draw the UDA back towards the peace process, it was claimed yesterday.
John White, a close associate of jailed UDA commander Johnny Adair, said the reconstituted Ulster Political Research Group (UPRG) may give birth to a new political party which gave a voice to the outlawed paramilitary group.
The ceasefire called by the UDA and its sub-grouping the Ulster Freedom Fighters in 1994 was de-recognised by the Government last year - formally placing the organisation outside the peace process - following a series of sectarian attacks on Catholics.
Two weeks ago it carried out the murder of postal worker Danny McColgan, a killing which prompted the large-scale anti-sectarian rallies throughout the Province.
The UDA's political wing, the UDP, disbanded last year after a 22-year existence because of in-fighting.
Mr White - a west Belfast member of the UPRG - said it had been re-established some months ago as the same group which led to the formation of the UDP by murdered UDA leader John McMichael - his son Gary subsequently led the party. …