OPINION: Former UDR Soldiers could be left vulnerable on the rocky road to an IRA amnesty 

The well meaning, and entirely honourable, attempt to protect British soldiers from the relentless witch hunt being perpetrated against them, by the Public Prosecution Service and PSNI, could inadvertently leave former members of the RUC and UDR exposed. 
  

Recommendations put forward by the Westminster Defence Select Committee made clear that any initial statute would not include the RUC, therefore officers involved in shooting incidents would remain liable for prosecution. 

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
Join over thousands of readers who are receiving our newsletter and being kept up to date with the latest news from the community
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.

Alongside this, there could well be a challenge to the validity of any armed forces statute of limitations on a number of grounds, including whether it breached ECHR on selectivity grounds. 

International law may dictate that the statute should apply to both state and non state activities, and therefore it could open the door to an amnesty for IRA terrorists, who as yet have escaped justice. 

There may also be the potential to challenge the rolling out of any statute within Northern Ireland as being in breach of the perverse Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 provision. This could well create a situation whereby all other UK regiments would benefit from the statute, but Northern Ireland regiments that served in Operation Banner, such as the UDR, would be left vulnerable and outside the legislative provision. 

There are already significant concerns over the proposed Historical Investigations Unit (HIU), which is to operate independently of the PSNI. This unit will investigate all state related killings, but will not investigate any republican terrorist acts that did not lead to a fatality. 

An IRA bomb attack, that led to severe injuries for armed forces personnel or civilians, would not be re-investigated if there had been no fatalities. 

The proposed Northern Ireland Bill, stemming from the Stormont House Agreement, also permits the Irish Government to redact information BEFORE it is provided to the HIU, whilst the British Government are committed to handing over all material, and can only make redactions AFTER the HIU have completed their investigations. 

This fatal flaw in the Stormont House Agreement will permit the Irish Government to withhold information in relation to IRA activity and/or collusion with the Garda. No such luxury is afforded to the British Government. 

It is imperative that Unionist political representatives satisfy themselves that any protections offered by a proposed statute of limitations would, quite properly, extend to the Ulster Defence Regiment and mostly importantly, will not act as a Trojan horse towards an amnesty for IRA terrorists that carried out atrocities such as La Mon, Enniskillen, Kingsmill and Bloody Friday. 

It is clear that many aspects of the Stormont House Agreement, reflected in the proposed Northern Ireland Bill, need to be amended for reasons outlined above but specifically in relation to the unbalanced and ‘independent’ nature of the HIU. Such independence, in a sop to Sinn Fein, perpetuates the republican narrative that the state can not be trusted to investigate legacy matters. 

However, perhaps worst of all, it perversely lends weight to the suggestion there was some equivalence between the IRA ‘struggle’, waged via terrorism, and the legitimate actions of the state in combating republican terrorism. 


Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Unionist Voice than ever but unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can.

The Unionist Voice is editorially independent, meaning we set our own agenda. Our journalism is free from commercial bias. No one edits our Editor. No one steers our opinion. This is important because it enables us to give a voice to the voiceless, challenge the powerful and hold them to account. It’s what makes us different to so many others in the media, at a time when factual, honest reporting is critical.

f everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as £1, you can support the Unionist Voice– and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

Support Us

114 Responses to "OPINION: Former UDR Soldiers could be left vulnerable on the rocky road to an IRA amnesty "

  1. Jaime Rumrill  August 10, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in your own urine? https://newone2017.com/

    Reply
  2. Russel Irimata  August 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in your own urine? https://php665.com/

    Reply
  3. Kyle Grandy  August 11, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Awesome! Its in fact amazing paragraph, I have got much clear idea regarding from this piece of http://casinossir.com

    Reply
  4. Rex Rumphol  August 14, 2018 at 4:27 am

    good stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your blog. https://bzp65.com/

    Reply
  5. Burt Schiesher  August 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    What’s up, after reading this awesome piece https://bzp65.com/

    Reply
  6. Shila Toenjes  August 15, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in you own urine? https://bzp65.com/

    Reply
  7. Rolanda Ekstrum  August 15, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    good stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your blog. https://bzp65.com/

    Reply
  8. Leena Etier  August 17, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    With thanks! Valuable information! https://php665.com/

    Reply
  9. Judson Picotte  August 17, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    of writing i am as well delighted to share my know-how here with colleagues. https://php665.com/

    Reply
  10. Pedro  August 20, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I spent a great deal of time to find something such as this

    Reply
  11. Mikki Papan  August 20, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Black on black in the Charg I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini https://php665.com/

    Reply
  12. Sana Boderick  August 20, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    here! Good luck for the next! https://php665.com/

    Reply
  13. Latonia Sagers  August 24, 2018 at 8:41 am

    here! Good luck for the next! https://php665.com/

    Reply
  14. Free auto approve list 8-9-2018  August 24, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve been having issues with my Windows hosting. It has set me back quite a bit while making the next list. This is the current list that I have. I should add another list in less than a week. I’ll let you all know when the next list is ready. Thank you for your patience.

    Reply
  15. Bobbycem  August 25, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    How To Make Money $200 Per Day (Payment Proof): http://swegold.com/cgi-bin/at3/out.cgi?id=164&tag=toptop&trade=https://vk.cc/8pBiII

    Reply
  16. Thanks to the great guide

    Reply
  17. Taren  August 28, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for the terrific post

    Reply
  18. Vonnie  August 28, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful guide

    Reply
  19. Seth  August 28, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I like the report

    Reply
  20. Graig  August 28, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the excellent guide

    Reply
  21. Chau  August 28, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks to the terrific manual

    Reply
  22. www.myhipom.Com  August 28, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I like the article

    Reply
  23. www.yaleclubbeijing.org  August 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    It works very well for me

    Reply
  24. geolorean.com  August 29, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Thank you for the excellent post

    Reply
  25. Tam  August 29, 2018 at 1:51 am

    It works very well for me

    Reply
  26. Marisa  August 29, 2018 at 4:11 am

    This is truly useful, thanks.

    Reply
  27. Priscilla  August 29, 2018 at 7:27 am

    This is really helpful, thanks.

    Reply
  28. Miguel  August 29, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Thanks to the wonderful manual

    Reply
  29. www.tcpwireless.com  August 29, 2018 at 9:26 am

    It works quite well for me

    Reply
  30. Rafael  August 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful article

    Reply
  31. www.Yaleclubbeijing.Org  August 29, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the great guide

    Reply
  32. Jessie Laskowski  August 29, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Black on black in the Charg I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini https://php665.com/

    Reply
  33. Wilma Pursel  August 30, 2018 at 7:54 am

    With thanks! Valuable information!

    Reply
  34. Http://Www.myhipom.com  August 30, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Thank you for the terrific post

    Reply
  35. Mohammed  August 30, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Thanks to the terrific guide

    Reply
  36. Appleiphonelawsuit.Com  August 30, 2018 at 11:16 am

    This is really helpful, thanks.

    Reply
  37. Like  August 30, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

    Reply
  38. Jeremy  August 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    This is really useful, thanks.

    Reply
  39. Arden  August 30, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    It works very well for me

    Reply
  40. Caroline  August 30, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I spent a great deal of time to locate something like this

    Reply
  41. Lindsey  August 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    This is truly helpful, thanks.

    Reply
  42. Evie  August 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    It works quite well for me

    Reply
  43. Margart Schwanbeck  August 31, 2018 at 4:37 am

    It?s hard to come by knowledgeable people on this subject, however, you https://php665.com/

    Reply
  44. เพิ่มไลค์เพจ  August 31, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I went over this site and I think you have a lot of good information, saved to fav 🙂

    Reply
  45. Felton Baisden  August 31, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    With thanks! Valuable information!

    Reply
  46. Darla Geant  September 2, 2018 at 2:10 am

    With thanks! Valuable information! https://php665.com/

    Reply
  47. Marcos Choate  September 2, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in you own urine?

    Reply
  48. Tabatha  September 2, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    This is really helpful, thanks.

    Reply
  49. Rodrick  September 2, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    I spent a lot of time to find something such as this

    Reply
  50. Kai  September 3, 2018 at 1:25 am

    It works quite well for me

    Reply
  51. Toby Malden  September 4, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in you own urine?

    Reply
  52. adult  September 5, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing manby months of hard
    work due to no backup. Do you have any methods to protect against hackers?

    Reply
  53. Georgiann Ledford  September 5, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Black on black in the Charger I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini https://php665.com/

    Reply
  54. redporn  September 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Very inspirational and insightful. I’m not a expert in a SEO now I just using SEO techniques. Thank you for your sharing

    Reply
  55. Lewis Champey gay cam  September 5, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Perfect! Interesting informations over here. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before. I could not refrain from commenting. I’ve spent 1 hour looking for such tips. I will also share it with a couple of friends interested in it. I have just bookmarked this website. Finished with the search done, I going to watch some model sexy hot gay cams. Thanks!! Greetings from San Francisco!

    Reply
  56. Marion Yanik  September 5, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in your own urine?

    Reply
  57. שירותי ליווי בתל אביב  September 6, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems aas though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre taljing about, whhy throw away your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    Reply
  58. עיסוי אירוטי  September 6, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Hi, I log on to your new syuff daily. Your humoristic stylle is witty, keep up the
    good work!

    Reply
  59. ליווי בלוד  September 6, 2018 at 6:52 am

    I’m curious to find out what blog system you have beren utilizing?
    I’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest website and I would like to find something more secure.
    Do yoou have any suggestions?

    Reply
  60. elitepartner  September 6, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I usrd to be suggested this blog bby way of my cousin. I
    am no longer sure whether this put up is written by waay
    of him as nobody else realize such detailed approximately my difficulty.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

    Reply
  61. Shanon Spanner  September 7, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in your own urine?

    Reply
  62. seo for small Business  September 7, 2018 at 5:10 am

    I do trust all the ideas you’ve offered forr your
    post. They are really convincing and will definitely work.
    Still, the posts are vvery short for novices. Could you please lengthen them a
    bit from next time? Thank yyou for thhe post.

    Reply
  63. Mason Beiswanger  September 7, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Black on black in the Charg I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini https://php665.com/

    Reply
  64. Celia  September 7, 2018 at 9:29 am

    My family always say that I am killing my time here at web,
    however I know I am getting experience everyday bby reading such fastidious content.

    Reply
  65. Dean Luthe  September 9, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Just bought a new laptop, not sure whether there is a way to take firefox bookmarks from old laptop to new laptop.. . Thanks..

    Reply
  66. Andrew Barklow  September 9, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. https://php665.com/

    Reply
  67. ganar peso  September 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I am actually happy tto glance aat this web
    site posts which includes lots of valuable information,
    thankms for providing such statistics.

    Reply
  68. eskişehir escort  September 9, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

    Reply
  69. como encontrar el amor  September 9, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Wow, this post is good, my sister is analyzing these kinds oof things, thus I am going tto tell her.

    Reply
  70. Lesbian Stepsisters  September 10, 2018 at 6:18 am

    There’s nothing hotter in this entire world than seeing two girls make sweet love. Seeing a girl face deep in pussy is a dream come true. Dreams have a way of turning into reality at https://t.frtyt.com/ekuezzm5kw?aff_id=29696&offer_id=5407&nopop=1 This site is dedicated to stepsisters who love to lick and finger each other. You always knew stepsisters did this sort of thing with each other. You just never seen it with your own eyes until now!

    Reply
  71. okulda porno  September 10, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I loved your blog article.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

    Reply
  72. milf  September 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Admiring the time andd energy you put into your site and in depth information you present.

    It’s great to come across a bkog every once iin a while that isn’t the same
    outdated rehashed information. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your
    site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Googlke account.

    Reply
  73. Free porn survey  September 11, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Are you the type who loves porn? If so, then you need to take this free survey https://t.grtyo.com/atveuqd9hc?aff_id=29696&offer_id=2680&bo=2786,2787,2788,2789,2790 Answer each and every question and get a freebie afterwards. This is something that every porn lover needs to check out. You even get to see the world famous pornstar Dillion Harper. She’s showing plenty of cleavage and has a special message for you!

    Reply
  74. Araceli Sower  September 11, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in your own urine?

    Reply
  75. Perder Peso  September 11, 2018 at 5:43 am

    I know this website provides quality depending articles
    or reviews andd extra data, is there any other
    web site which gives these kinds of data in quality?

    Reply
  76. Billie Henderlite  September 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I conceive this web site has got some real good information for everyone https://php665.com/

    Reply
  77. porno  September 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    thank you admin. nice article

    Reply
  78. ganar dinero  September 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    If you desire tto grow your familiarity onoy keep visiting this web page and be updated with the latest information posted here.

    Reply
  79. Get laid today  September 11, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Are you looking to get laid today? As in right this fucking minute? If so, then you need to check out https://t.hrtye.com/ze97vsfi2o?aff_id=29696&offer_id=5614&nopop=1 This is the one site where you can get some action the same day you join. Don’t even fool around with Facebook and those other so called dating sites. You’re never going to get laid at any of those places. There’s all kinds of pussy just waiting for you to pound it silly here. Don’t forget to buy a box of condoms while you’re out today. You’re going to need them!

    Reply
  80. Vassil Bojkov  September 12, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Ahaa, its fzstidious discussion aboht this article at this place
    at this web site, I have read all that, so now me also commenting at this
    place.

    Reply
  81. Numbers Tyus  September 12, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Don’t wear seat belts lest you drown in you own urine?

    Reply
  82. AWS  September 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    It’s enormous that you aare getting ideas from this piece
    of writing as well ass from our dialogue made at this place.

    Reply
  83. sa  September 12, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    You have incredible knowlwdge listed here.

    Reply
  84. singapore t shirt printing services  September 13, 2018 at 4:49 am

    After looking over a few of the blog articles on your blog, I honestly like
    yyour technique of blogging. I bookmarked itt to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking bzck
    in the near future. Please visit my website too and let me know your opinion.

    Reply
  85. Sexy adult cams  September 13, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    There’s absolutely nothing more fun than adult cams. You can spend all day long talking to sexy babes. That’s why the internet was invented. This site is full of nothing but the hottest girls who love to take it off. Check out https://t.irtyc.com/9bh119pyww?aff_id=29696&offer_id=3664&nopop=1 and see for yourself. You’ll be amazed after just one visit. These girls are easy on the eyes and they know how to have a good time.

    Reply
  86. Best online dating  September 14, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Are you sick and tired of being lonely? Why should you not have someone special in your life? Everyone deserves to find love. You can find that and a whole lot more at https://t.irtyc.com/avekqggwlc?aff_id=29696&offer_id=3785&bo=2753,2754,2755,2756 This is one of those sites where it’s super easy to hook up. You’ll meet all kinds of girls. Don’t sit on the couch and hang out online all night. Hook up with a chick and have yourself a little fun. Every guy deserves to have a gal in his life. What are you waiting on?! Connect with a cutie today and put a smile all over your face.

    Reply
  87. Giuseppe Louissant  September 14, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Black on black in the Charg I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini

    Reply
  88. Monte Dobkins  September 14, 2018 at 11:28 am

    sound like you know what you?re talking about! Thanks https://php665.com/

    Reply
  89. Hot adult fun  September 14, 2018 at 11:38 am

    You’re not here to sip tea and eat cookies. What you want is a super good time in the wonderful world of adult. We’re talking about stuff that will make your dick hard. That’s what you should expect when visiting https://t.irtyc.com/8g5ie1dedc?aff_id=29696&offer_id=2104 You aren’t going to be able to keep your hands off of yourself. Don’t even think twice about it. Head on over there and make your penis smile.

    Reply
  90. Houston Franc gay cam  September 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Cool info! Interesting information over this web. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before. I could not refrain from commenting. I ‘ve spent 2 hours searching for such article. I will also share it with some friends interested in it. I have just bookmarked this web. Now with the task done, I’ll visit some online trans cams. Thanks!! Greetings from Philadelphia!

    Reply
  91. Best hookup site  September 14, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Tired of not having a special someone? Maybe you just want to get laid and nothing else. It doesn’t matter what type of relationship you’re looking for. You can find it at https://t.irtyc.com/j86z7cbgsg?aff_id=29696&offer_id=3785&bo=2753,2754,2755,2756 There are plenty of single ladies here. The weekend is almost here. Find someone to spend it with. Who knows, you might even get lucky.

    Reply
  92. Alexis Avril  September 14, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    sen harikasın.

    Reply
  93. Hardcore adult games  September 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    The world of video games will never be the same again. There’s nothing quite like https://t.irtyc.com/hau0atf800?aff_id=29696&offer_id=4090&bo=3511,3512,3521,3522&nopop=1 on the entire internet. This is the most exciting hardcore adult video game out there. This is one of those games you can play for hours and hours without ever getting bored of it. Give it a try and let the games begin!

    Reply
  94. porno  September 15, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    sen harikasın.

    Reply
  95. Jesse Garczynski  September 15, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    With thanks! Valuable information!

    Reply
  96. Hängmattor  September 16, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

    Reply
  97. Jaime Rumrill  September 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I have been checking out many of your stories and i can state pretty https://php665.com/

    Reply
  98. Sexy fat girls  September 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Are you the type of guy who likes to look at fat girls naked? If so, then https://t.frtyh.com/755v8haio0?aff_id=29696&offer_id=5331&bo=2753,2754,2755,2756 is the site you’ve been searching for. It’s full of nothing but sexy fat women. These big beautiful women are exactly what your eyeballs have been begging to see. Don’t be surprised if you pop a boner while looking at these hefty honeys. They’re full of curves and are exactly what your penis likes.

    Reply
  99. Wilfred Tryba  September 18, 2018 at 1:41 am

    With thanks! Valuable information!

    Reply
  100. Burma Rowand  September 18, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Black on black in the Charg I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini https://php665.com/

    Reply
  101. Arianna Kanode  September 19, 2018 at 6:51 am

    With thanks! Valuable information!

    Reply
  102. Click here  September 19, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I like your blog/website very much.

    Reply
  103. instagram downloader  September 19, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    You’re totally correct and I trust you. If you want, we might also talk around firestarter android, one thing that intrigues me. Your site is definitely impressive, cheers!

    Reply
  104. Boston Car Service  September 20, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Hmm it seems like your website atee my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll juist summ it up what I submitted and
    say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger
    but I’m still new too everything. Do you have any tips and hints for first-time blog writers?

    I’d really appreciate it.

    Reply
  105. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a seaa
    shsll and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear andd screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched hher ear. She never wnts to go back!
    LoL I know this is totally off topkc but I hadd to tell someone!

    Reply
  106. cómo prevenir la impotencia sexual  September 20, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Hi there mates, nice paragraph annd nice arguments commented here, I am truly enjoyying by these.

    Reply
  107. Every weekend i used to visit thiss web site, as i wish for enjoyment, since this this wweb site conations truly nice funy material too.

    Reply
  108. 眼窩補脂  September 21, 2018 at 7:10 am

    創新保濕科技,瞬間提升179保濕!

    Reply
  109. Guillermo Standlee  September 21, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Black on black in the Charg I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini

    Reply
  110. van su  September 23, 2018 at 2:18 am

    wow, awesome blog.Really thank you! Keep writing.

    Reply
  111. Tajuana Frankovich  September 23, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Black on black in the Charger I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini https://php665.com/

    Reply
  112. Cristopher Bailly  September 23, 2018 at 5:29 am

    With thanks! Valuable information!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.