William 'Winkie' Dodds

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William 'Winkie' Dodds is a prominent Ulster Loyalist.

After joining the UDA, Dodds was convicted of armed robbery in 1979. After his release, he commanded C Company in West Belfast, in which role he recruited Johnny Adair. He was jailed as a result of the Stevens Inquiry in 1990, and later became the West Belfast Brigadier until suffering a stroke.[1]

In December 1999, he was one of five people appointed by the Ulster Freedom Fighters to act as intermediaries with the International Commission on Decommissioning.[2]

In 2002, he was forced out of his home on the Lower Shankill after siding against Adair in a loyalist feud.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ian S. Wood, Crimes of Loyalty, A History of the UDA, Edinburgh University Press, 2006, pp.348-349.
  2. Loyalist arms intermediaries, BBC News, 9 December 1999.