WHO’DA thunk (apart from Brian Rowan) that the man the police blame for the Northern Bank robbery would now be touring the statelet telling republicans to support the police? Speaking of the Northern job, the Garda Commissioner today revealed how the Irish police linked cash seized in the Irish Republic to the IRA’s £26.5 million raid – forensics and witnesses – although how they are “indicating” that “without doubt” is another question. Just as well the IRA has completely abandoned all crime in the Irish Republic, eh? Conroy’s obviously spinning a pre-talks line, but it’s all so mealy-mouthed it comes across as doubly unconvincing. Maybe he just doesn’t come across well on on a page.