Sloughing off legacy of the Troubles

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Northern Ireland's largest loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), has said it is standing down its units and putting beyond use - but not decommissioning - its weapons.

The UFF units have been ordered to stand down
Like a lot of things in Northern Ireland at the moment, if this had happened 10 years ago, it would have made front page headlines around the world.

As it is, the main reaction from the public has been scepticism and a world weary "what-took-you-so-long" attitude.

The UDA was responsible for more than 400 sectarian and other murders during the Troubles.

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