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The Ulster Loyalist Central Co-ordinating Committee (ULCCC) was set up in 1974 in the aftermath of the Ulster Workers Council Strike, in order to facilitate meetings and policy co-ordination between the Ulster Workers Council, the loyalist paramilitaries and the political representatives of loyalism. Contents 1 Original version 2 Refounded version 3 "The Committee" 4 Bibliography 5 References Original version Seen as an important links between grassroots loyalism and more mainstream unionist politics, the ULCCC was chaired by Glenn Barr and met in the Belfast offices of the Vanguard Progressive Unionist Party on a weekly basis. Initially committed to unionism, the ULCCC began to move towards the idea of Ulster nationalism and, in 1976, published Towards an Independent Ulster, a document containing firm proposals for the transition of Northern Ireland to an independent state. The issue did not gain across the board support, being more of a pet project of the Ulster Defence Association and, as a result, the ULCCC soon broke up. Some supporters of the document formed the Ulster Independence Party. Refounded version The ULCCC was revived in 1991 under the leadership of Ray Smallwoods (the leader of the Ulster Democratic Party who was killed by the IRA in July 1994), although it did not gain much importance due to the existence by that time of the Combined Loyalist Military Command, which brought together the leaderships of the UDA and UVF. "The Committee" The revived ULCCC was at the centre of controversy when Sean McPhilemy alleged that its members included Ulster Bank chief Billy Abernethy, Ulster Independence Movement leader Rev. Hugh Ross, Royal Ulster Constabulary member Trevor Forbes and other leading people in Northern Irish society who, he claimed, conspired with leading paramilitary figures such as Billy Wright and Robin Jackson to facilitate loyalist killings.[1] The full list of alleged members as claimed by McPhilemy in his book[2] was as follows: Name Position or job Notes Billy Abernethy Ulster Bank executive ULCCC Chairman Hugh Ross Ulster Independence Movement leader Trevor Forbes OBE Royal Ulster Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable James Sands Ulster Independence Movement member McPhilemy's main source of information John McCullagh Ulster Resistance representative Isobel McCulloch ULCCC secretary Graham Long Loyalist Paramilitary Previously British Army Nelson McCausland Member of Belfast City Council Subsequently Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure David Prentice Co-owner of car business Albert Prentice Co-owner of car business Charles Moffett Accountant Richard Monteith solicitor Cecil Kilpatrick Ulster Independence Movement member Lewis Singleton Ulster Independence Movement member and solicitor Philip Black Queens University, Belfast employee Sammy Abraham Businessman Will Davidson Inner Force representative Alec Jamison Inner Force representative Robin Jackson Ulster Volunteer Force member Billy Wright Ulster Volunteer Force member Dean McCullough Ulster Volunteer Force member Alec Benson Loyalist Retaliation and Defence Group member Lisburn-based arm of the UVF Ken Kerr Ulster Defence Association brigadier Source of evidence for McPhilemy Ian Whittle Inner Force representative The make-up of the group was largely based on evidence provided to McPhilemy by James Sands. An alternative composition of the Committee was provided by Ken Kerr although McPhilemy later determined his evidence to be fraudulent and dismissed it.[3] Of those named by McPhilemy only Sands and Kerr acknowledged the existence of this version of the ULCCC. The Inner Force referred to in the table was a supposed secret group within the Royal Ulster Constabulary that existed, under the command of Trevor Forbes, in order to deliver collusion in loyalist paramilitary killings.[4] The existence of the Inner Force has also been strenuously denied by those named as having been involved. Bibliography H. McDonald & J. Cusack, UDA – Inside the Heart of Loyalist Terror, Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2004 References ^ Sean McPhilemy, The Committee - Political Assassination in Northern Ireland, Niwot, Colorado: Roberts Rinehart, 1998 ^ McPhilemy, The Committee, pp. 387-388 ^ McPhilemy, The Committee, pp. 327-331 ^ McPhilemy, The Committee, pp. 3-4 v · d · eUlster nationalism Organisations British Ulster Dominion Party • Official National Front • Ulster Clubs • Ulster Democratic Party • Ulster Independence Movement • Ulster Independence Party • Ulster Loyalist Central Co-ordinating Committee • Ulster Movement for Self-Determination • Ulster Political Research Group • Ulster Third Way • Ulster Workers Council People Glenn Barr • Willie Frazer • David Kerr • Kennedy Lindsay • W. F. McCoy • Jackie McDonald • Billy McFarland • John McKeague • John McMichael • Hugh Ross • Ray Smallwoods • Andy Tyrie Related articles Repartition of Ireland • Ulster Workers' Council Strike This article related to a paramilitary organization or suspected paramilitary organization is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e