Phil Flynn tells his story…

Given the giddy way stories emerge and then seem to disappear from view in Northern Ireland, the Village has a useful interview with one of the public figures who popped out of the media scrum around early police investigations into the follow-up to the Northern Bank robbery.

Phil Flynn tells his side of the story. Though, presumably for ‘legal reasons’ he won’t be drawn on any of the potentially interesting detail surrounding Ted Cunningham and the Bulgarian brothers who featured in a Channel 4 documentary.

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  • mickhall

    Interesting article, if true it shows people should take care over CAB etc accusations until they have the evidence before them.

  • TL

    I especially found the description of the “pen gun” as a fire arm disturbing. That’s putting lip stick on a pig and it sure makes you wonder what euphemisms were used.

  • Pete Baker

    If true… indeed.

    Gotta love that line from Phil though –

    “I have asked him[Ted Cunningham] since about a large amount of cash that apparently was found by CAB in the company in February of last year. He has given me an explanation which I find satisfactory but whether the authorities do is a matter for them. I am not going to disclose what he said to me about this.”

    A satisfactory explanation.. but Phil won’t tell us what it is.. confidential dontchaknow.

    A perfectly plausible explanation for having £2.3million in a compost bin at the bottom of your garden in Cork?.. as Mick noted at the time..

    Perhaps he should have kept it in a barn…

  • mickhall


    I am not sure what you are implying here? because a guy had a load of cash at the end of his garden that is enough to justify ruining another man’s career who had no proven connection with that cash..

    If you remember these raids were sold to the public on the back of the northern bank raid. The eastern european connection is of interest to for it was said back then that Mr Flynn was investing in a £20 million plus property deal. What gets me about these stories is when they do not take the course the press wish them to they drop them. The shits in the puddle placed there by the hacks but they never return to clean their mess up. They just leave it there to stink the place up.

    All the best.

  • Pete Baker


    As he states in the article, Phil Flynn had a link with Ted Cunningham. He is/was a director in Cunningham’s loan company and held 10% of the shares.. the issue of Cunningham’s explanation for the £2.3million at the bottom of his garden being satisfactory to Flynn, together with his reluctance to elaborate on that explanation, undermines his credibility. That’s the only issue my comment dealt with.

    All the best to you too.

  • untermenschen

    Is there a typo in the title of this thread?

    Should it not read: Phil Flynn tells “a” story…
    Just asking!

  • Shore Road Resident

    Are we having another multiple Mick Hall problem here, like Daily Ireland?
    The Mick Hall I’ve come to know wouldn’t jump to defend rich men lending out money to low income families at extortionate rates of interest – and that was their ‘legitimate’ business.

    Blinkers off please Mick.

  • Robert

    Apart from all the media propaganda, what are the allegations supposed to be?

    The only certain thing with these sorts of media allegations is that nothing of substance ever comes of them. That’s the well-trodden pattern, repeated time and time again.

    You’d think that by now even Pete Baker would be ever so slightly embarrassed to speculate and engage in innuendo on such flimsy material. But apparently no…

  • mickhall

    Hello Shore Road Resident

    For good or bad, the older I have got I believe more and more in the Pastor Niemoller stance, best demonstrated in the poem he made famous in one form or another. Im certain Mr Flynn is far from a saint, however little if any evidence has been produced against him; and the firearms charge was a disgrace as shown by the judge when sentencing Flynn for this offense.

    I think in Phil Flynn’s case there was something sinister politically going on. Firstly due to his closeness in recent years to the Teoiseach he became a target for some, plus some thought it was time certain business people had a shot across their bows as a warning to them that if they get involved with SF, or help fund it they may find themselves in the same boat as Mr Flynn found himself in. After all he was on a roll what with the Bank of Scotland and his government contacts. Not any more I bet.

    All the best SRR

    poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller, Berlin, 1939.
    Niemoller was a pastor in the German Confessing Church
    who spent eight and one-half years in a Nazi concentration camp.

    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out–because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the communists
    and I did not speak out–because I was not a communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out–because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me–
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • Harry Flashman

    . . .then they came for Danish cartoonists, and boy did I definitely keep me mouth shut then I can tell you, because these head hacking, misogynistic, homophobic, Jew hating, seventh century, religious fanatics are like scary man.

    I mean, what odds if a Somalian born woman MP has to go into hiding, a Dutch film maker is eviscerated in broad daylight, a few editors get jailed and and a couple of hundred Nigerians get butchered in the street? C’mon it’s only freedom of expression lads, we don’t want to offend the intolerant nutjobs now can we?

    That’s how Pastor Niemoller would have expressed it eh, Mickhall?

  • Nic

    Oddly enough, that poem can be applied even more appropriately to the movement to which Phil Flynn “unapologetically” belongs. To paraphrase:
    — First they came for the unionists and I did not speak out because I am not a unionist and I don’t particulary like the whiny feckers anyway.
    — Then they came for the Gardai, and I did not speak out because I am not a Guard and sure didn’t one of them give me grief for 55 in a 40 last week when he should have been out catchin’ real criminals?
    — Then they came for the media and I did not speak out because I am not a journalist and most of them are opinionated, self-satisifed know-alls anyway.
    — And then they came for me. And all I had was Michael McDowell.