Dublin High Court grants CAB €600,000 judgement against convicted Provisional IRA man

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Back in 2010, in an update on convictions resulting from Operation Phoenix – “Northern Bank robbery – redux” – I noted.

Then-30-year-old Don Bullman was arrested at Heuston Station in Dublin in February 2005 with a red Daz washing powder box containing more than €94,000.

Bullman was described in the 2005 report noted earlier as “a chef and fundraiser for Sinn Féin”.  He was eventually charged with membership of the IRA.

Two men from Londonderry arrested with Bullman were released without charge at the time.

In March 2007 Don Bullman was sentenced to 4 years for membership of the IRA and, after his appeal was dismissed in 2009, he was released from prison in March of this year (2010) [scroll down].

Yesterday the Belfast Telegraph reported that

The High Court in Dublin has now granted a judgment to the Republic’s Criminal Assets Bureau for more than €600,000 [£522,000] for what was described as Revenue debts following an investigation into his [Don Bullman's] financial affairs.

The court heard that bureau officers probed Bullman’s tax assessments from 1999 to 2004. Their assessment of Bullman’s financial position was subsequently affirmed on appeal. The High Court was told that the bureau had collected some money but significant debts were still outstanding.

But they’re probably “a front for the MI5″ too…

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  • Rory Carr

    Then-30-year-old Don Bullman was arrested at Heuston Station in Dublin in February 2005 with a red Daz washing powder box containing more than €94,000.

    Bullman was described in the 2005 report noted earlier as “a chef and fundraiser for Sinn Féin”. He was eventually charged with membership of the IRA.

    Mmm…”chef”, “fundraiser”, “Daz” – cooking the books and laundering the money. Good Republican multi-tasking at work. An inspiration to future generations.

  • carl marks

    “Then-30-year-old Don Bullman was arrested at Heuston Station in Dublin in February 2005 with a red Daz washing powder box containing more than €94,000.
    Does anybody know if you can buy those Daz boxes in the local shops and do they all have that many Euros in them?
    600,000 Euros that’s got to hurt, i assume that CAB has checked his worth and knows he can stump up.
    Beginning to think I’m in the wrong line of work.

  • glenda lough

    I suppose some would say Mr Bullman got his just desserts. Speaking of which one wonders if his speciality was the Bombe -a delightful pudding in my humble opinion. I trust my little contribution will not trigger a series of fatuous culinary references.

  • Tochais Síoraí

    I certainly hope not. Was he the IRA chef of staff?

  • seamusot

    “Then-30-year-old Don Bullman was arrested at Heuston Station in Dublin in February 2005 with a red Daz washing powder box containing more than €94,000.”

    Looks likely to me that he was using Daz for money laundering purposes.

  • redhugh78

    Pete, how much of that €94,000 was from the Northern Bank, remind me again?

  • Mick Fealty

    Red Hugh, that’s not the major figure in the story (which is Euro 120k in unpaid taxes) and derives from “Bullman’s tax assessments from 1999 to 2004.”

    That is BEFORE the robbery of the Northern Bank robbery…

  • carl marks

    MF
    That is BEFORE the robbery of the Northern Bank robbery…

    you mean someone robbed the Northen Bank robbers, is no one safe!

  • Mick Fealty

    I mean there’s a lot of people around SF not declaring a lot of money… And the party seems to have no problem finding an extraordinary amount of money when it needs it…

  • tacapall

    Obviously Mick thats all the surplus money left over in the kitty after all the MP’s MLA’s etc take their minimum wage, whatever that amounts to, out of their salaries, as for tax dodgers do you really believe Sinn Fein members are the only people who fiddle their accounts.

  • carl marks

    MF
    I was being a little tongue in cheek there,
    Individuals inside SF have always had their own nice little earners, i won’t mention any names but if you wanted brake pads for a black taxi then a certain well known face was the man to go to.
    Taxi companies also where and may still be a good source of income and a nice way to clean money, Corner shops seemed to be a favourite as well, I know all this may seem like small change compared to the northern bank job, but they are the ones i know about.
    Tac
    I realise that in the tax fiddle arena SF are not on their own unionists seem very close to the property developers, but this post is about SF and the RA, the “they were doing it as well” is a very poor defence.

  • tacapall

    Thanks for the advice Carl. Now where’s all those Sinn Fein taxi firms and corner shops that your talking about ?

  • carl marks

    tac
    as i said im not mentioning names.

  • redhugh78

    ‘I mean there’s a lot of people around SF not declaring a lot of money… ‘

    So what exactly does ‘around SF’ mean Mick?

    Does that mean being ‘around’ SF means that SF are responsible for the actions of those individuals?

    ‘And the party seems to have no problem finding an extraordinary amount of money when it needs it…’

    really,how so? could you give examples?

  • Mick Fealty

    It means what the stories say.

    On the second point. Exhibit A: the libelling of Declan Gormley. £80k in damages and at least a quarter of a million in payout to the plaintiff. Could have been fraction of that if they had chosen to not fight the case in court.

    What other Irish political party has the money to take a discretionary decision to spend that kind of cash in a cash where they plainly had ZERO defence?

    More money than sense I’d say… ;-)

  • Kevsterino

    I’ve been reading about Sinn Fein having more money than any of the other parties for years and years.

    Mick, is your point that it is now worse than before?

  • Mick Fealty

    How would any of us know Kev? The books are not open for scrutiny here in the way they are in States. All I am saying is that finding a quarter of a mill seems not to have been a bother to them.

  • Kevsterino

    Even when the books are opened for scrutiny here, Mick, political money, especially in recent years, is a shameful shell game. Nobody knows how much was spent last year in the presidential election. It’s advertising anarchy. Thank you, Supreme Court. grrr

    So, does Sinn Fein owe any money in fines or is that just Bullman?

  • Mick Fealty

    Again, who knows? I didn’t know about Bullman’s liability until this thread. I understand all bills relating to the Gormley case have been settled and within the time allotted by the court.

  • Comrade Stalin

    There were recent proposals to open the books, and both SF and the DUP opposed them citing security concerns.

    SF raises most of its money in the USA I suspect.

  • http://www.selfhatinggentile.blogger.com tmitch57

    I wonder what kind of interest Daz boxes earn on their accounts, but at least one doesn’t have to worry about the Republican Movement coming by and taking a donation for the cause if the money is kept there.

    Maybe a degree in financial management should be part of every young Shinner’s management path.