Subversion in the UDR

Subversion report 'no surprise'

The 'Subversion in the UDR' document is accompanied by four letters of response from very senior officials. And although the document is described as a draft, it is significant that none of the letter writers disagree with its contents. One goes so far as to say he wishes he "could say the contents...

UDR the top source of arms 'for Protestant extremists'

The collusion file obtained by The Irish News is made up of several documents, but the most important is a 14-page paper stamped 'secret' and entitled: 'Subversion in the UDR'. This is a detailed summary. The document was compiled by British military intelligence and a covering letter written by a b...

Terrible legacy of the past

Republican violence took a heavy toll on the ranks of the Ulster Defence Regiment. One former member was among those who counted the cost ... MEMORIES of the Troubles revisit Reatha Hassan every night. "I have to take a pill to get to sleep," she says. "I have dreams. There is one where I see someon...

UDR came to be seen as carbon copy of Protestant-only B-Specials

THE discredited 'B Specials', an exclusively Protestant part-time police reserve, was abolished in 1969 following its role in the violence of that watershed year. In 1970 the Ulster Defence Regiment was formed to replace it and would become the largest regiment in the British army. The UDR was to re...

Shock truth of bar killing

Thirty years ago a gun and bomb attack on a south Armagh pub killed three people. Now a bereaved relative is establishing the truth of what happened. What he has learned may force a rethink of the history of the Troubles.

Subversion in the UDR. Secret documents reveal: The Downing Street link/ Soldiers armed loyalists

THE British government was aware of large-scale collusion between security forces and loyalist paramilitaries from as early as 1973, according to documents revealed today in the Irish News. The files show Downing Street knew that significant numbers of soldiers were linked to loyalist paramilitaries...