Forget the Northern Bank!

The NYT reports that Irish Raids Net Vast Sums That Are Tied to the I.R.A.. Well, as that old worn out saying goes, Time will tell. But again it doesn’t look good. Each time a suspect is arrested and then released many nationalists will continue to believe this is some kind of put up job. But there is a kind of attritional value in these headlines coming out day after day, and from media outlets far from the usual suspects.Only one man so far faces charges, former Sinn Fein man and a former leading light in Cork Sinn Fein, who is now reportedly a dissident. But we may find that the financial investigations turn up a lot more than deadweight cash from the Northern Bank.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty