Welcoming the Loyalist ‘Unfinished Work’ Initiative, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “I am proud of the Unfinished Work initiative that David McNarry has undertaken alongside others over the past 18 months. I welcome these positive steps and fully support both the initiative, and the drive towards a fuller, lasting peace that it represents.
As we have seen recently, there is unfinished business in the Peace process and David has been indefatigable in working to ensure there will be no loose ends.”
Mr Farage added: “This initiative and today’s announcement broadens the democratic process in Northern Ireland and I believe it will give further confidence to the Unionist community that decisions are taken with their concerns taken seriously.”
UKIP Northern Ireland Councillors have also welcomed the announcement earlier today regarding the formation of the ‘Loyalist Community Council.’ This new Community Council will be comprised of the three main Loyalist Paramilitary Groups and this welcome announcement is a significant development.
UKIP Councillors David Jones, Noel Jordan and Donna Anderson said:
“We welcome the Unfinished Work initiative and todays announcement regarding a Community Council which has been brought about after eighteen months of hard work on the ground by our NI Leader David McNarry and Jonathan Powell in conjunction with several others.
"As a party and in our own areas, we support all positive moves which can assist lasting peace here in Northern Ireland. Additionally, we welcome the fact that the Community Council intends to address head on the removal of criminality across the province. There can be no doubt that many within Working Class Unionist and Loyalist areas have felt disenfranchised from the political processes here in recent years. We hear it daily; many people in these areas have felt let down by their political leaders. It is our hope that this new initiative, the resulting Community Council and the body of work that has been undertaken over the last eighteen months will help to encourage a growth in confidence in unionist areas across Northern Ireland.
"The very serious ongoing problem of Educational Under Achievement is the direct result of a failure in political leadership in a number of areas across our country. We particularly welcome the fact that this new Community Council has listed this as its number one theme. This is an area that all community and political leaders must work together in addressing soon.
"Today’s announcement is a very important one. We welcome the news, and we look forward to seeing the positive themes that the group has highlighted being implemented over the coming days, weeks, months and years.”