Fortieth Anniversary of Disbanding of B-Specials and Formation of UDR

Part of Private Members’ Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:30 pm on 24th May 2010.

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Photo of Francie Molloy Francie Molloy Sinn Féin 5:30 pm, 24th May 2010

After the battle of the Bogside, the B-Specials were completely humiliated by children on the top of the flats who beat them down with petrol bombs, stones, bricks and, on many occasions, their hands. The B-Specials had proved to be useless at anything in such a situation.

The disbandment of the B-Specials was welcome but short-lived, because many of them joined the UVF. I know that in the murder triangle, where I lived, most of them joined the UVF and became the paramilitary force that killed many Catholics in that area. Others joined the UDR. The UDR was supposed to be a regiment —