Secret documents reveal 'rotten apples' in UDR

17 August 2011

New documents uncovered by the human rights group the Pat Finucane Centre reveal that Derry SDLP representative Michael Canavan was at the forefront of moves to expose the collusion between the Ulster Defence Regiment and loyalist paramilitaries in the 1970s.

As early as August 1977 Michael Canavan wrote to the Under Secretary of State for the British army highlighting what he described as “the latest disgraceful episode concerning serving members of the UDR”. Mr Canavan also pointed out “the scathing remarks of yet another High Court judge” about the regiment.