A leading figure in the UPRG until now, and leading UDA representative Frank McCoubrey has joined the DUP. It's not the first time McCoubrey has flirted with mainstream unionist parties, back in 2000, the Ulster Unionist Party nominated the member of the then loyalist Ulster Democratic Party, which is linked to the UDA, as deputy mayor. The UDA was at the time engaged in a bloody feud with the UVF.
But DUP leader Peter Robinson said: "Frank is a very well-known representative in the greater Shankill area and he has worked very closely with the party in tackling issues which affect people living in that area."
Last year the UPRG travelled to a meeting in Dublin with The Taoiseach under Garda escort. The delegation included Tommy Kirkham, Frankie Gallagher, Frank McCoubrey, loyalist prisoner representative Stanley Fletcher, and Jackie McDonald, the UDA brigadier in South Belfast.
McCoubrey courted controversy when he was deputy mayor when the Alliance Party had tabled a motion to censure McCoubrey after he sat on the stage at a UDA-linked festival on the Shankill Road in Belfast when masked gunmen and women walked up and fired a volley of shots cheered by a large crowd. Lines of masked loyalists marched beneath a mural depicting loyalism as the grim reaper. On the platform, Johnny Adair and Michael Stone were joined by deputy lord mayor Frank McCoubrey and UDP chair John White.
He claimed afterwards that 'I went to the festival with my three children and my intentions were to have a great day with the children and go home'. And he 'did not know masked men would appear'
Looks like a great family day out.
BBC News - Frank McCoubrey joining the DUP
So the DUP has another former terrorist who was at the cutting edge of the struggle to keep Ulster British and the drugs money in the correct bank accounts. The hypocrisy is astounding.