Dissident amongst those lifted by Gardai

It’s important to remember that we are talking about arrests, not charges as yet. But it seems that the Garda operation has netted a dissident Republican along with the two Sinn Fein members. Curiouser and curiouser!

  • George

    RTE also have a piece on it.

    Are the Real IRA capable of an operation like the Northern Bank job?

  • Mick Fealty

    Does the ‘freelancers’ option come back into play? Or was it a ‘joint operation’?

  • Davros

    Dissident dissidents ? Have PIRA been running double agents within RIRA and CIRA ?

  • Jacko

    Davros has probably hit the nail on the head.

  • Jacko

    NEWS-ALERT NEWS-ALERT NEWS-ALERT NEWS-ALERT NEWS-ALERT

    A very excitable Charlie Bird of RTE is running with a statement just released by the IRA’s P. O’Neill. Just caught the tail end of it but in essence it goes something like this:

    The IRA has declared that it has disassociated itself from what it describes as “…those lying, thieving scum, Sinn Fein..” P. O’Neill has accused the Shinners of bringing republicanism into disrepute and sullying the good name of the IRA.
    Gerry Adams, speaking from his book tour of Spain (where he has been introducing himself as Oscar Wilde’s grandson and Beckett’s nephew) has welcomed the statement, and denied that he was ever a member of Sinn Fein.

    This one will run and run.

  • Jacko

    Martin McGuinness has just re-acted to the latest P. O’Neill statement. Speaking from a bunker in Sligo he too welcomed the statement and said: “I have always said that Sinn Fein have nothing whatsoever of a constructive nature to offer to the peace process. We, the true republicans, will not be deflected by these people from pursuing a peaceful democratic settlement in Ireland. Sinn Fein should just pack up their bags and go home. They’re yesterday’s men – and women”

    Gerry Kelly, speaking to reporters in Belfast, simply said: “Where the f… does that leave me.”

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    So already, out of seven, then there were five. Of the five, one alleged dissident has been charged with IRA membership (note nothing to do with money laundering).

    It looks already that everything will come down to the financier and his partner and what can be nailed on them. Unless there is an IRA charge for the ex councillor.

  • Jacko

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

    Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have just released a joint statement. They are claiming that the only Gerry Kelly they know is a big bearded guy who has a show on UTV on a Friday night. They dismissed claims to the contrary as being part of a complex securocrat plot.
    Angry crowds are already beginning to gather outside the home of a big skinny guy in North Belfast who had claimed earlier to be a comrade of adams and McGuinness’s. A 15-year-old girl who came to the door claimed the big skinny guy was unavailable for comment.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Newsline and UTV Live are well worth watching tonight on the web. UTV left the camera running after the interview and McGuinness joked about not answering a certain question. On the BBC he denied knowing Hanlon, then the Beeb showed pics of the two chatting.

    It made SF look very silly.

  • ShayPaul
  • Jacko

    Gonzo

    The media is scenting blood. UTV would never have aired that in usual circumstances. The BBC thing in particular was excellent – they might just as well have said: “McGuinness is a liar.”

  • Jacko

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

    Reports are coming in that a big skinny guy and his partner of many years have fled their home in North Belfast. Former friends have quoted the big skinny guy as saying they were travelling to, “…anywhere but Bolton.”

    Meanwhile, the PSNI are appealing for a 15-year-old Belfast girl who has been missing from her home since early this afternoon to contact her parents as soon as possible.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Jacko,

    it wasn’t even funny the first time, sorry.

  • Jacko

    Pat
    Not from your position, no. But from where I’m sitting it’s hilarious.

    By the way, just to change the subject, I hear the Who are re-releasing their single “Won’t get Fooled Again.”
    You should give it a listen – you might find it educational.

  • Jacko

    Pat
    You don’t win many of these little arguments, do you?
    Need to watch, or you’ll be losing your blogger-patrol job.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Jacko,

    i’m still waiting for you to put an argument forward, something you have singularly failed to do since arriving on site.

    Anyway to serious contributors, RTE have reported that those originally arrested in Cork yesterday may soon be released.

  • Mick Fealty

    Boys, boys, boys. If you want to have hissy fit with each other please take it elsewhere – Yellow Card apiece!

  • JC47

    McGuinness has become the Vicky Pollard of the Republician movement:
    “Yeah but, No but, yeah but, no but…………”

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Mick,

    follow the thread, is Jacko’s contribution the type you want on a serious discussion. Please free to make it red any time you like.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    In an item of real news the former SF councillor arrested and who apparently was carrying the ‘smoking gun’ was released without any charges being pressed.

    So at this juncture on one person charged with being in the Real IRA has been charged.

  • PaddyCanuck

    Furthermore, the only money linked to the bank robbery thus far, has been found at the RUC country club the Newforge Country Club.

    Does’nt look to bad for Sinn Fein now.

    It was securocats what done it!!!

  • Davros

    Is this a hint from Gerry ?

    “I’m not in politics for the good of my health. I’m not in politics for ministerial office. I‚m not in politics for the big salary. I know that there are a lot of people in politics, in all the parties, who are motivated to give public service. I think that I still have a role to play in terms of the peace process and in terms of the equality agenda and in terms of the changes that I believe are required in the island of Ireland and I want to see a united Ireland. [my emphasis]

    Gerry Adams calls on people to be measured in their comments

  • Davros

    PC – has that been confirmed about Newforge ?

    Suspected stolen banknotes found at Belfast police club

  • PaddyCanuck

    It is been reported widely on BBC, RTE etc.

    Keystone Cops are saying that the money at Newforge is an attempt at detracting attention away from raids in the south. What a laugh!

    It was the securocrats wot dun it!

    Sinn Fein men released without charge, within around 24 hours, Garda intelligence does not look to hot.

  • Davros

    Have any of them reported that there has been confirmation that the money WAS from The Northern Bank Raid ?

  • James

    “Have any of them reported that there has been confirmation that the money WAS from The Northern Bank Raid ?”`

    Not yet.

    My Saturday Irish Times story and their breaking news on the web still say it “may” be part of the Northern Bank loot.

  • maca

    “Have any of them reported that there has been confirmation that the money WAS from The Northern Bank Raid ?”`
    Not yet.
    My Saturday Irish Times story and their breaking news on the web still say it “may” be part of the Northern Bank loot.”

    From todays indo (online):
    “GOVERNMENT trouble-shooter Phil Flynn became the first high-profile casualty of the IRA money laundering scandal last night as it emerged that the cash recovered by gardai is definitely part of the Northern Bank raid haul.”

  • Davros

    Maca – we were discussing the money found in Newforge.

  • maca

    Oops. Sorry. 😉

    Note to self: read previous posts.

  • Davros

    How’s Finland ? Have the raids and the McCartney murder had a lot of coverage ?

  • maca

    There was mention of the raids alright. No mention of the McCarthy murder, I wouldn’t expect it.

  • Mick Fealty

    I told everyone days ago that I didn’t care who started what. Play the ball, and play on.