I'm surprised nobody has started a thread on this topic. BreakingNews.ie
On Thursday the home of Thomas "Slab" Murphy, suspected former chief of staff of the IRA, was searched by the Gardaí and the PSNI, in a joint operation. His farm straddles the border.
Gardaí found (wait for it) 30,000 cigarettes, £200,000 in mixed curreny cash and 8,000 litres of fuel. All this along with four tankers, what is being described as "an oil laundering unit", and several laptops hidden in bales of hay.
They also picked up some guns and ammunition, but I haven't seen if they're owned legally or not.
Bizarrely, Gerry Adams has said that Murphy is "not a criminal" and is a "good republican". He said that smuggling was crime, but insisted that Murphy wasn't a criminal.
Republicans can at least relish that it was a cross-border initiave; a joint raid by the PSNI and Gardaí. This, combined with the Garda helicopter being permitted to cross the border recently, is another step towards breaking down the border.
Obviously we don't want to jump to conclusions, but it's pretty difficult not to, when you consider both the goods and the quantity of these goods. I understand he has a right to have all this, and that the burden of proof is on the Gardaí/PSNI, but can anyone think of any sort of reasonable explanation for all this?