Published Wednesday, 11 July 2012
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As UPRG spokesman for south Belfast, Mr McDonald spoke out on Monday and described the Twelfth of July as his "worst day of the year", because of the efforts needed to keep the peace in parts of his local area.
He also expressed support for the idea that Orangemen in the future could scrap return parades.
But the west Belfast branch of the UPRG branded his views "disgraceful and offensive" and said Mr McDonald was "totally unqualified" to pass comment.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Mr McDonald said he didn't want to get involved in a "war of words".
"Loyalism has been through enough in recent years," he added.
"Anything I sad, I can stand over. I can stand by it, because it was completely taken out of context. I support the Orange; I support the right to walk."
South Belfast UPRG places on record our complete support for the right to march.
South Belfast UPRG
The former UDA leader said the internal row could be difficult to get past though.
"I don't know if it'll be possible to sit round the same table again, but we've been in more difficult situations than this and we resolved them for the betterment of loyalism."
Explaining why he would be supportive of plans for a 'one-way ticket' for Orange parades in the future, Mr McDonald said: "Because of the problems I've had in south Belfast - and maybe that's selfish - I'm supporting that, if they (the Orange Order) decide that, I'm behind it.
"But I cannot, will not, attempt to tell the Orange Order what to do, and I don't think anybody else should either."
The west Belfast branch of the UPRG says it stands by its statement and is making no further comment.
However, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he agrees with Mr McDonald's point of view.
Speaking about the situation regarding contentious parades in north Belfast, he said: "I agree with loyalist leader Jackie McDonald that the Orange Order needs to look seriously at the issue of return parades.
"A decision not to return past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales in the evening would transform the situation in north Belfast."
Security journalist Brian Rowan told UTV the disagreement within the UPRG looked like "a chunk of loyalism washing its dirty linen in public", but he added that it was not a feud such as might have developed in the past.
"At this stage of the peace process, we're not talking about a feud - we're talking about a falling out and maybe a circumstance and a situation where people go their separate ways."