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'Burn Catholics' man was in UVF
David Ervine
David Ervine's Progressive Unionists are linked to the UVF
A hardline former DUP councillor murdered by republicans in Belfast in December 1987 was in the loyalist paramilitary UVF, it has been revealed.

Glasgow-born George Seawright, who was expelled from the party in 1984 for sectarian comments, was shot in Belfast by an INLA splinter group, the IPLO.

He has been named in a new booklet published by the UVF, which lists the details of its members who were killed.

David Ervine, leader of the UVF-linked PUP, said it was a significant move.

"Maybe there's an optimum moment to do that, when you think that you have completed the list and the likelihood of your list being added to is minimised because of the conditions that operate in our country now," he told the BBC's Talkback programme.

"They can speak for themselves but I would like to interpret it that perhaps they are recognising that the war is over."

'Incinerator'

Mr Seawright, who was 36 when he was murdered near the Shankill Road, was known for his outspoken sectarian views, which saw him being brought before court a number of times.

He infamously suggested about Catholic schools that the Belfast Education and Library Board should "acquire an incinerator and burn the lot".

In 1984, he said Belfast City Council should buy an incinerator "to burn Roman Catholics and their priests".

He was later given a six-month suspended sentence for incitement.

He withdrew from politics in 1987 after being imprisoned for disorderly behaviour.




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