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IRA Peace Process Teeters Over Cash

Friday, August 25th, 2006 at 20:46 by Rhys Wilcox

The IRA have been challenged to hand back stolen cash as a gesture of their commitment to ongoing peace talks. Not only have they been dared to give back the £26 million stolen from the Northern Bank in 2004 but they’ve also been double-dared to grass-up the offenders.

Ian Paisley Jnr said that the small gesture would be a sure sign that the organisation were willing to make a bit of an effort and would turn its back on crime forever.

I personally wouldn’t put any money on a cheque being popped through Paisley’s letterbox any time soon, nor the arrival of a large group of paramilitary turning up at the Belfast Police Station. What would you do? Twenty years inside or life in the Caribbean? Aside from that, the IRA and Sinn Féin have flatly denied any involvement.

Unless, of course, it’s some clever Columbo style strategy in which Gerry Adams is now expected to turn round and say, ‘£26 million?! It was only twenty-four-and-a-half - d’oh!’

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