Tag Archives: UVF

What came first – the paramilitaries or the polluted politics?

My new book UVF: Behind the Mask has drawn considerable media attention since its publication two weeks ago. Much of this is to be expected given that I have gained unprecedented access to the UVF in a way that presents … Continue reading

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Why I wrote UVF: Behind the Mask – Part Two

Without doubt this has been the most difficult book I have ever written. My other books are on a variety of different subjects, ranging from a history of the labour movement in Northern Ireland to insurgency in South Yemen. Although … Continue reading

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A Tribute to David Ervine

Ten years on from his passing, as we mourn one of the greatest losses to political unionism, there is much to celebrate in David Ervine’s political legacy. Continue reading

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We all have role to play if loyalist leopard is to truly change its spots

This article first appeared in the Belfast Telegraph on 16th October 2015 This week’s announcement that loyalist paramilitaries are to move away from criminality and violence should be welcomed, writes Aaron Edwards  The announcement this week that paramilitaries from the … Continue reading

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Democratising the Mindsets: Loyalists and Conflict Transformation

This article first appeared in The Other View magazine when Billy Mitchell and Tommy McKearney were still joint editors in the first iteration of the project. Shortly before Billy’s death in July 2006 the project was earmarked for continuation funding … Continue reading

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Review of Ian S. Wood’s ‘A History of the UDA’

This review first appeared in Fortnight magazine, No. 446, September 2006, pp. 28-29, under the title Home Grown Terrorism . I had been lucky enough to be writing for Fortnight since 2003, when Malachi O’Doherty was editor. I contributed reviews … Continue reading

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The unfinished business of the ‘peace process’

In September 2014 I gave a talk on the topic of ‘progressive loyalism and conflict transformation’ at at a University of Ulster symposium on culture and identity in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland. I made the case that there hadn’t been an … Continue reading

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Rev. John Stewart, the NILP and the UVF

The onset of loyalist paramilitary violence from the late 1960s was not something that progressed naturally from within the Protestant working class community. Arguably, this community was no more predisposed to militancy than any other and, in fact, the purported … Continue reading

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Review of Tony Novosel’s book on Ulster Loyalism

Here’s my review of Tony Novosel’s excellent Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism, which was published by Pluto Press in 2013. The review originally appeared in Political Studies Review in September 2014: “‘Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity’ … Continue reading

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Detective Superintendent Jimmy Nesbitt MBE (1934-2014)

I was privileged to have interviewed Detective Superintendent Jimmy Nesbitt twice in 2010 and 2011. He was an amazing man – his razor sharp memory and good humour despite having investigated some of the most heinous crimes during the troubles … Continue reading

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