An unhappy anniversary

Well, it’ll be two years on Wednesday since the Northern Bank heist. In the Sunday Tribune, Suzanne Breen gives a very detailed and explicit account of the robbers, the robbery and the divvying up of the dosh. There probably isn’t much new in what she writes, but I was a bit surprised at how confident she feels in alluding to the alleged bank robber.

The Irish Examiner throws a little something new into the mix. They quote Justice Minister Michael McDowell who claimed the IRA were going to buy a bank in Bulgaria to launder the money. Well, I don’t know about that one, and Suzanne Breen seems a lot closer to the mark when she recounts the denominations and the worthiness of the various forms of currency. She is probably right on the money (so to speak) when she calls it the £10million heist.

Irish MEP Eoin Ryan has yet another take on the story in the Irish Times. He is amazed at ‘The idea that it can suddenly disappear… where is it going? Where is that £30 million. Is it going to be put into use in electoral purposes for political parties or where is it gone?

Former detective Jonty Brown, in the Breen article, has some unusual words for the robbers; I salute the robbers. The bank was wide open, they got their information, and carried out the job professionally. But, if I were still a detective, I’d chase them to the ends of the earth. I don’t think they’ve received the robust and aggressive pursuit they deserve.”

So lots of ideas and speculation about the final resting place of a whole lot of money. Throughout all of the articles remembering the robbery, there appears to remain a question as to whether the political will exists to make the arrests that need to be made. Or perhaps someone finally figured out how to complete the perfect crime.