Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Fightin' Irish

DUBLIN, Ireland - Irish police arrested seven people, including a member of the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party, and seized millions of dollars, some of which may have been stolen in one of the biggest bank robberies in history, authorities said Thursday. Police believe the IRA, Northern Ireland’s largest Catholic paramilitary group, was behind the robbery. The modern IRA, founded in December 1969 in Northern Ireland, for decades has run an ever-expanding range of criminal enterprises, including robbing banks and armored cars, counterfeiting bank notes and goods, and smuggling fuel and cigarettes. Anti-racketeering authorities estimate that the IRA generates at least $13 million in illegal revenues annually.


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