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    The Gardaí are investigating possible paramilitary links to a sophisticated counterfeiting operation that was uncovered near Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois last week. Four men were arrested when printing presses and other forging equipment was recovered from a pair of trailers that had been buried underground. It's believed the gang were engaged in counterfeiting high-denomination Euro notes.

    Some of those arrested have past republican connections including one who is a former senior Provisional IRA figure from the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast. While Gardaí initially said they believed the counterfeiting operation was a purely criminal affair, the possibility of organised republican paramilitary involvement is also being investigated.

    Four held after counterfeiting operation smashed | Irish Examiner
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    Oh good, it is not the Labour Party this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by picador View Post
    The Gardaí are investigating possible paramilitary links to a sophisticated counterfeiting operation that was uncovered near Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois last week. Four men were arrested when printing presses and other forging equipment was recovered from a pair of trailers that had been buried underground. It's believed the gang were engaged in counterfeiting high-denomination Euro notes.

    Some of those arrested have past republican connections including one who is a former senior Provisional IRA figure from the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast. While Gardaí initially said they believed the counterfeiting operation was a purely criminal affair, the possibility of organised republican paramilitary involvement is also being investigated.

    Four held after counterfeiting operation smashed | Irish Examiner

    Regardless of who was involved, it is a criminal activity. The IRA has been stood down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockofcashel View Post
    Regardless of who was involved, it is a criminal activity.
    True

    Quote Originally Posted by rockofcashel View Post
    The IRA has been stood down.
    The provisional IRA has - other varieties have not.

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    There are criminals and there are 'special' criminals. Which court will these guys end up in, assuming they're charged?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grassroots View Post
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    The Labour Party were never involved in counterfeiting. Please be careful in making allegations

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    It's fair to point out that some of its leaders belonged to an organisation that was involved in counterfeiting - a long time ago mind you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by picador View Post
    It's fair to point out that some of its leaders belonged to an organisation that was involved in counterfeiting - a long time ago mind you.
    Then point out that some of its leaders were involved, but separate it from accusing the party.

    If you were a member of an organisation 20 years ago, should an organisation you are a member of today be responsible for your actions ?
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    Didn't the old WP have such entrepreneurial tendencies also, with printing presses from the old Czechoslovakia? Some of these bods are ace at making money in their spare time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockofcashel View Post
    Then point out that some of its leaders were involved, but separate it from accusing the party.

    If you were a member of an organisation 20 years ago, should an organisation you are a member of today be responsible for your actions ?
    Jeez, will ya stop being so reasonable. Reason, balance and perspective are not welcome on a thread like this.

    What's needed is some good old knee-jerk point scoring, y'know the sort of thing, full of moral indignation but devoid of thought. The kind of thing so beloved of the hundreds of thousands who rush out of a Sunday to hoover up the latest poisonous garbage from the Sindo, Sunday Times, Sunday World etc.

    It's part of what we are, part of the mindset that led to a failed state and defunct society.

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    One of those arrested was Anthony Sloan, who escaped from Crumlin Road prison in 1981.
    Last edited by picador; 14th June 2010 at 04:29 AM.
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