Northern Ireland

Cork man pleads guilty to having Northern Bank cash

Northern Bank
Image caption The Northern Bank robbery took place in Belfast in December 2004

A Cork man has been given a six-year suspended sentence after proceeds from the Northern Bank robbery were found in his home.

George Hegarty, 63, from Donybrook Cottages in Douglas, County Cork pleaded guilty to money laundering at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

It followed the discovery of £66,000 in the bedroom of his home in February 2005.

Hegarty denied being a member of the IRA.

He was described in court as a republican sympathiser.

The three judge non-jury court suspended his sentence on condition that Hegarty did not associate with known republicans.

He was arrested as part of Irish police's Operation Phoenix, which is investigating the laundering of cash taken in the 2004 robbery in Belfast.