Confirmation from the Gardai that the money seized in Cork came from the Northern Bank robbery. Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy told a cross border police seminar yesterday that he was convinced they have provable evidence that there is a connection. Hugh Orde had already stated the same back in early June, and the Taoiseach as early as March. Conroy:
“I’m satisfied at this stage of the investigation that we will show that the money recovered during Operation Phoenix is part of the takings from the robbery of the Northern Bank in Belfast.” Asked did he believe the link had now been made, he replied: “I am satisfied, yes.” He said comments – made by Sinn Féin – that there was no evidence or definitive proof of a link were wrong. “I think if somebody is saying that they are very much mistaken,” he said.