But the links are not all in the distant past of the Northern Ireland ‘troubles’.
In 2015 – just two years ago – the loyalist paramilitary group the UDA attacked a community worker with hammers in his home in front of his wife and children.
His crime? Objecting to paramilitary thugs taking over community facilities in his village.
In 2016, two members of the terrorist organisation the Ulster Defence Association were charged and found guilty of the attack.
The leader of the UDA is a thug called Dee Stitt – who served eight years in prison for conspiracy to murder and possessing a gun.
Despite his criminal and violent past, Stitt is very close to DUP leader Arlene Foster – who has refused to condemn him:
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