On December 20th 2004 the Northern Bank headquarters in
Belfast was robbed of £26.5m. It was the biggest
cash bank robbery in criminal history. The Big Heist shook
the entire Irish peace process to its foundations.
In this explosive Dispatches, IRA expert Kevin Toolis
goes on the money trail from the wilds of west Cork to
a Bulgarian allotment patch - to find out who was really
behind the Northern Bank raid. And what the robbers planned
to do with the stolen cash?
Recently the IRA declared its war was over but has not
offered to give any of the stolen Northern Bank cash back.
So how far can we really trust a political movement that
talks peace one day and robs banks the next?
The Big Heist was broadcast on Channel 4 on September
22nd 2005. It has also been screened on More Four.
Length: 50 minutes
The Big Heist
Reporter/Producer: Kevin Toolis
Director/Producer: Tony Stark
Executive Producer: David Batty
Research: Jenny Berglund, Helen Cook
Production Manager: Pippa White, Michelle Walsh
Camera: Eugene McVeigh
Film Editor: Janet Spiller