| 13.1°C Dublin

Guerin's brother alerted gardai to €10m of dud notes


Jimmy Guerin. Photo: Tony Gavin

Jimmy Guerin. Photo: Tony Gavin

Jimmy Guerin. Photo: Tony Gavin

A BROTHER of murdered crime journalist Veronica Guerin has described how he suddenly became involved in the dramatic discovery of more than €10m in counterfeit notes.

Dublin man Jimmy Guerin said he alerted gardai after the huge amount of counterfeit cash was discovered in a storage building in north Dublin.

He said he found himself "at the centre of a drama" after he had agreed to let out a rental unit in Baldoyle.

As space was being cleared in the unit, it had become necessary to move two pallets loaded with boxes which were being stored there by another person.

The man who was moving the pallets of boxes last Wednesday became concerned about their contents and phoned Mr Guerin telling him he thought there was "bogey money" in the boxes.


Mr Guerin, writing in the Sunday Independent, said: "In one of the boxes being moved, the guy moving them had found a number of sheets of paper. Each sheet contained four €50 notes and in one box there were 2,500 sheets.

"I immediately went to Baldoyle and examined the box; yes it contained €500,000 in forged notes.

"I asked the lad to open another box and there it was – another half million, then another and another.

"I guesstimated that we were looking at more than €10m. Straight away I realised that this was something big. I knew I had to call in the gardai.

"I got to know a number of the gardai involved in the investigation into the murder of my sister, Veronica Guerin, and a few more from my time writing in the Sunday Independent.

"So I knew who to call.

"When I spoke to one senior officer and described the content, he realised straight away what I had come across. He told me to leave it with him, stay where I was and he would deal with it.

"There was no flashing lights, no squad cars screeching. The garda who was in charge of the unit that deals with counterfeiting investigations arrived at our premises within 20 minutes.

"He examined the find and straight away took control, made some calls and then more lads arrived and they had discussions relating to the find.

"Still no sirens, still no fuss, just a professional approach to their work. They decided to place plain-clothed gardai at the scene to guard it for the night before commencing their work in the morning," he said.