Friday 19 January 2018

Bank heist is snooze to the 'Irish Times'

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

ALMOST two weeks after spiking Kevin Myers's column suggesting the IRA was responsible for the £22m Northern Bank robbery, the Irish Times gingerly dipped its toe into the story last week with a report that there might possibly, after all, be a "nationalist" connection.

After carrying a front-page lead story on December 23 confidently saying that the IRA "denied" carrying out the biggest peace-time bank robbery in European history, the Old Lady of D'Olier Street decided a bit of a U-turn was called for.

As to be expected, there was absolutely nothing new in either of two stories that appeared on Tuesday and Wednesday which rehashed material that appeared in most other papers two weeks earlier. The first said that the PSNI investigation focus was in "nationalist west Belfast" and the second that there could be "major political repercussions" if the IRA did it.

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