CJ4-1919 - First page of notes from meeting between Minister of State Stan Orme with UVF leaders on 15 May 1974
The meeting of Stan Orme with UVF leaders on 15 May was just one of several that took place between the NIO and UVF during the month of May 1974. This particular meeting took place as the UVF was being de-proscribed and made a legal organisation. Orme informed the delegation that the order had been taken through the House of Commons the previous night and it would be dealt with in the House of Lords that day. Then, seven days later, it would take effect.
Two days later, the UVF bombed Dublin and Monaghan causing the greatest death toll in a single day during the conflict yet the de-proscription order was allowed to take effect on 23 May.