Yes, well… That’s a couple of the political reactions noted by the Irish Examiner, which recaps the story so far, and names several of those arrested – apart from, bizarrely, the former SF councillor and election agent (who has been named elsewhere as Tom Hanlon). And provides a brief background to the money lender whose house was raided yesterday.According to the Irish Examiner Ted Cunningham, who is a registered moneylender, was placed under surveillance several months ago by Special Branch detectives and would appear to be the initial focus of the investigation.
A convenient time-line on the events of the last couple of days from the Irish Examiner –
4.30pm: Three men, two from Derry and one from Cork, arrested at Heuston station. The Corkman was found carrying â‚¬94,000 in cash. The two men from Derry have strong republican links.
9pm: Two men arrested in Cork – one in Passage West and the other in Douglas. George Hegarty, who is in his early 50s, was arrested at his home at Donnybrook Cottages, Douglas where Â£60,000 in Northern Bank notes was discovered. It’s believed Mr Hegarty has links to Sinn FÃ©in.
The man arrested in Passage West was last night being held at Togher Garda Station in Cork city. Mr Hegarty was detained at Mayfield Garda Station.
9am: A financial premises in Ballincollig, Co Cork, is raided by detectives who remove a number of files.
11am: Financier Ted Cunningham and his partner, Cathy Armstrong, were arrested at a house at Church View, Farran, nine miles west of Cork city. GardaÃ discovered over Â£2.3 million (â‚¬3.2m) in cash.
GardaÃ also secure a number of other premises across the city.
5pm: Local reports of garda raids in a number of premises in Dundalk. There were no arrests, but a number of documents were seized. However, the garda press office refused to comment.