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November 06, 2005

2nd Man Charged Over Heist

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SM 11/06/05 Second Man Charged Over £26.5m Heist
SC 11/06/05 New Zealand's Celtic Roots Explored


Second Man Charged Over £26.5m Heist

Alan Erwin

A SECOND man was charged last night by police investigating
the £26.5 million Northern Bank robbery in Belfast.

The suspect, aged 43, was due to appear before a magistrate
in the city today.

He was arrested during planned police raids that led to
five arrests being made in Co Down, Co Tyrone and Belfast
last week.

Investigators would say only that the man has been accused
of offences relating to the probe into the biggest cash
robbery in British history.

Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has blamed the IRA for
clearing the vaults at the Northern's Belfast HQ last
December. A building contractor, Dominic McEvoy, 23, of
Kilcoo, Co Down, became the first man charged with the
robbery when he appeared in court on Friday.

He was remanded in custody after also being accused of
holding a bank supervisor and his wife hostage, and
possession of a gun or an imitation firearm.

Another man, aged 30, was still being questioned last
night, while two others have been released without charge.

Although some cash seized in Co Cork in February has been
linked to the robbery, nearly all of the money stolen has
still to be traced.


New Zealand's Celtic Roots Explored

Monday, 7 November 2005, 9:50 am

Press Release: Victoria University of Wellington
07 November 2005

We're all familiar with jokes that portray the Irish as
dim-witted and the Scots as notoriously canny.

Such representations are now being investigated as part of
a new research project being undertaken by Dr Angela
McCarthy, Victoria University's JD Stout Research Fellow in
New Zealand Studies.

Dr McCarthy says Irish and Scottish migrants supplied
approximately 40 percent of New Zealand's foreign-born
population in the later nineteenth century and 20 to 30
percent throughout much of the twentieth century, yet
little research has been undertaken to ascertain how they,
and wider society, perceived their national and cultural

"Too frequently scholars seek the existence and continuity
of visible signs of ethnic affiliation," Dr McCarthy says.

"They focus predominantly on formal associations with
fellow expatriates and group affiliations in the new
homeland. In the Irish context, this includes a
concentration on such associations as the Orange Order and
Hibernians, while for Scots there is a tendency to narrow
in on St Andrews Societies and Burns Clubs."

While these aspects are important, McCarthy plans to
approach the topic through an alternative methodology.

"Approaches based on visible, cultural, and group
identities frequently neglect the thoughts and feelings of
the individuals participating in the process of migration.
I will therefore incorporate analysis of such personal
testimonies as letters, shipboard journals, and diaries.
This sense of self-identification will then be compared
with official and public sources including asylum
registers, nominated migration files, and cartoons."

The research links into the Irish-Scottish Studies
Programme's major project on Scottish migration and its
many contributions to New Zealand's society, which was
awarded a $510,000 grant from the Marsden Fund earlier this
year. Overall findings will be reported in a substantial
multi-authored book. Several conferences and scholarly
articles are also planned.

Dr McCarthy plans to explore not only the broad sense of
Irishness and Scottishness that existed in New Zealand but
also the local and regional affiliations at both origin and
destination. The ways in which such identities were
constructed along gendered, religious, and class lines is
also a major component of her research.

As well as its comparative approach, the project will also
represent a major departure in studies of migration for its
analysis of the descent group as well as the migrant-born

"Given the high rate of intermarriage in New Zealand, I am
concerned with why descendants of a mixed heritage often
choose one particular lineage to identify with. Are they
doing so for cultural, political, or material purposes?"

Dr McCarthy is appealing to members of the public with
Irish and/or Scottish connections who may have personal
testimonies from their ancestors to contact her at the
Stout Research Centre, Victoria University, P O Box 600,
Wellington, phone 04 463 5620 or email


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