Ex British soldier planned heist?

Here’s the next twist in the story. Neil Mackay reckons the IRA didn’t do it!: “The Striker is close to Italian mobsters, and was schooled by Valerio Viccei, the mastermind of the 1987 Knightsbridge safe deposit robbery which netted an estimated £62m”. Ahem. Let’s see how this one runs, especially so shortly after the Cheif Constable went public with his suspicions!

  • ShayPaul

    Back to football :

    Who hit the net ?
    Where was the goalkeeper ?
    Who laced the strikers boots ?
    Pasta diet ?
    The trainer was an Italian ?

    This one is gonna run to a spaghetti western.

  • Keith M

    THis isn’t an “either or” siuation. From the article : Although The Striker has a long-standing association with the Provisional IRA, his current connections to the Real IRA have now confused theories about who was behind the December bank raid.” All this article does is to help confirm that republican terrorists were involved.

  • ShayPaul

    Keith M

    It makes a hell of a difference.

  • Davros

    No offenc e Shay, but it only makes a difference to those trying to avoid putting the blame for this mess where it belongs, with SF and the IRA.

  • ShayPaul


    If the Real IRA is behind this it makes a “hell” of a difference, and yes your last post was both offensive and unjustified.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    The Striker, jesus this is getting surreal.

    Notice to PSNI, buy the newspapers this week and look out for a white van for sale.

  • Davros

    No offence was intended. As the article points out he’s known to have worked for both PIRA and RIRA.

  • George

    Apparently, the Northern job is now the evidence that it was indeed the IRA which carried out the Castlereagh break-in.

    In today’s Times:

    “Bobby Storey, the IRA head of intelligence, is believed to be the main planner behind the robberies. He also masterminded a break-in at Special Branch headquarters in Castlereagh where clues to the location of police informants and concealed listening devices were uncovered. This helped the IRA to avoid detection.”

    Well that’s that sorted then. At that’s one mystery solved.

    Hope Liam Clarke realises that although Bobby looks like an enormous lummox he is quite a sensitive guy and gets upset by these types of things.

  • DCB

    Does the Striker story not read like a synopsis of a horrible hollywood movie – I wouldn’t be surprised if the author is punting it around.

    In a few years the movie will be out.

    Please spare us.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    1 nil to Celtic at Parkhead does anyone know where the Striker is, Rangers need him asap.

  • Roger W. Christ XVII

    Storey can’t be that sensitive, has anyone heard any suggestions that he’s going to sue ?

  • Davros

    has anyone heard any suggestions that he’s going to sue ?

    Recognise a British Court and trust British justice ?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    He has been convicted on IRA charges, chances of successfully sueing in those circumstances are zilch.

  • abucs


    re your 12:01 PM post.
    Hasn’t he also been known to have worked for the British Government ? 🙂

    It’s all just more crap newspaper talk. Until there are specifics – who knows ?

  • Davros

    LOL ! Nice one Abucs!

  • twinkilcooleywithcoxsdemesne

    The Striker, who was once in the British Army, has written a book about his escapades in Crotia, which has attracted attention from the film world;

    “. Recently, the Irishman published on the Internet the details of his interesting biography entitled “Millennium Memory.” The manuscript also contains the details of the war operations and companionship with Gotovina. Cascarino’s fascinating biography has attracted the interest of film makers amongst which is the famous film director Neil Jordan. Director of Dublin’s M3M Media company Fergus Mac Oireachtaigh confirmed that he had read the manuscript and was in negotiations in relation to the electronic rights. “A true heroic and phenomenal story, concerning true heroic and phenomenal men.” “Ireland will be proud,”
    Mac Oireachtaigh said for Globus.

    No doubt Mac Oireachtaigh will be rushing to snap up the film rights to his next book – title as yet undecided;


    As for General Gotovina; well, he’s Belfast’s only known war criminal ;-)spotted him myself down Kellys Cellars a few weeks ago –