Slab Murphys Farm under investigation

#1
No link as it's only on the 'Breaking News' bar on Sky News so far, but they are reporting large scale organized crime investigations in IN. This includes the farm of 'Slab' Murphy being cordened off. It is now under investigation although it is unsure if this means some or all of the many allegations of 'alleged' smuggling, money laundering, terrorist and other crimes.

It can only be good news though.
 
#3
Top republican at centre of border raids crackdown
By Deric Henderson, PA
Published: 09 March 2006
A top republican was at the centre of a massive security operation linked to a major investigation into organised crime on both sides of the Irish border today.

Police in south Armagh and Garda in north Co Louth were involved in a series of raids.

At one stage an area around the family home of Thomas "Slab" Murphy, 62, allegedly the IRA's one-time Chief of Staff, was sealed off.

There were no immediate reports of any arrests, but one source in Northern Ireland confirmed: "It doesn't get any bigger than this."

Another claimed that a top Provo and who has made millions from smuggling, was the No 1 target.

It is understood an Assets Recovery Agency probe into IRA links to the ownership of 250 properties worth an estimated £9million in the Greater Manchester area was not involved in today's planned operation.

Instead, it was coordinated by senior police officers on both sides of the border, backed up by Irish army soldiers.

Up to 50 PSNI officers, as well as soldiers and two British Army helicopters were involved in the northern side, according to reports.

At the time of the ARA inquires in Manchester last October, Mr Murphy said he did not own any properties and insisted he made his living from farming.

A top republican was at the centre of a massive security operation linked to a major investigation into organised crime on both sides of the Irish border today.

Police in south Armagh and Garda in north Co Louth were involved in a series of raids.

At one stage an area around the family home of Thomas "Slab" Murphy, 62, allegedly the IRA's one-time Chief of Staff, was sealed off.

There were no immediate reports of any arrests, but one source in Northern Ireland confirmed: "It doesn't get any bigger than this."

Another claimed that a top Provo and who has made millions from smuggling, was the No 1 target.
It is understood an Assets Recovery Agency probe into IRA links to the ownership of 250 properties worth an estimated £9million in the Greater Manchester area was not involved in today's planned operation.

Instead, it was coordinated by senior police officers on both sides of the border, backed up by Irish army soldiers.

Up to 50 PSNI officers, as well as soldiers and two British Army helicopters were involved in the northern side, according to reports.

At the time of the ARA inquires in Manchester last October, Mr Murphy said he did not own any properties and insisted he made his living from farming.
 
#4
Hopefully it will be a joint Garda/RUC (PSNI my arrse) op otherwise how can it work? IIRC the border runs through the scumbags gaff. Mind you, he probably has so many Garda on his payroll anyway...........

Pete
 
#5
At the time of the ARA inquires in Manchester last October, Mr Murphy said he did not own any properties and insisted he made his living from farming.

"No come on stop it, I can't stop laughing, you're not serious, no don't, oh fcuk I've wet myself with all this laughing".
 
#6
Ches......Took the words etc........he is probably their biggest 'unofficial' benefactor. I suspect that many a Garda will miss their Christmas bonus should he go away !
 
#7
Isn't his brother ( in law?) a senior figure in the Garda?
 
#8
Give the Gardai a break guys. There are a lot of good decent Guards out there - many of them in SB - who want nothing to do with PIRA/IRA, Sinn Fein etc.
 
#10
Just read the latest release from the Garda web site and the latest groundbreaking news is:

There's a public auction of bicycles in Dublin on March 23rd

Finger on the pulse or what!
 
#11
Outstanding said:
And Slab is a decent honest farmer who justs wants to spend time with his family!!?
Most definitely not! As I said on another thread, at least the Gardai made sure he is safely locked away :lol:
 
#12
In my opinion, they can do whatever they want to 'Slab' Murphy and his brothers, legal or illegal, and it still wouldn't be enough. They've got away with too much for too long.
 
#13
Post deleted.
 
#15
Mistersoft.

Read my prevous post. Thoma 'Slab' Murphy is currently languishing in a jail south of the border for belonging to an illegal proscribed organisation (PIRA). He got 12 years. At least the Gardai got him off the lanes around his farm.
 
#16
Andyroo said:
Mistersoft.

Read my prevous post. Thoma 'Slab' Murphy is currently languishing in a jail south of the border for belonging to an illegal proscribed organisation (PIRA). He got 12 years. At least the Gardai got him off the lanes around his farm.
Thanks read it, got confused by my posting, they surrounded his farm, didn't think that he wouldn't be at home. Well he's at home now thank fcuk.
 
#17
Andyroo said:
Mistersoft.

Read my prevous post. Thoma 'Slab' Murphy is currently languishing in a jail south of the border for belonging to an illegal proscribed organisation (PIRA). He got 12 years. At least the Gardai got him off the lanes around his farm.
Don' t think this is the case. I think it's McKevitt you have in mind.
 
#18
Plant-Pilot said:
No link as it's only on the 'Breaking News' bar on Sky News so far, but they are reporting large scale organized crime investigations in IN. This includes the farm of 'Slab' Murphy being cordened off. It is now under investigation although it is unsure if this means some or all of the many allegations of 'alleged' smuggling, money laundering, terrorist and other crimes.

It can only be good news though.
Just found the following:RTE News

Yeeeeeeeees!! No don't let them go!
 
#19
Police raid farm of IRA 'chief of staff'
By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent
(Filed: 10/03/2006)

The farm owned by the man suspected of being the Provisional IRA's chief of staff was raided yesterday in the largest police operation mounted against suspected organised crime on the Irish border.

Thomas "Slab" Murphy's property, which is alleged to be at the heart of the IRA's smuggling empire, was among those searched by police, soldiers and customs officials.


Fuel tankers were driven from Murphy's farm after the raid
More than 300 British and Irish police officers carried out raids simultaneously on both sides of the border.

Twelve vehicles were seized including three oil tankers as well as 8,000 litres of fuel, 30,000 cigarettes, and around £200,000 worth of cash in sterling and euros. Two shotguns and a fuel laundering unit were also found.

Computers and boxes of documents were confiscated to see if a paper trail will uncover attempts to launder money.

Orders were served on businesses in Crossmaglen and Newry requiring them to produce an audit of their financial dealings.

Two men and a woman were arrested and questioned after the raids involving Garda in Co Louth and the Police Service of Northern Ireland in south Armagh.

The two men were arrested after allegedly speeding through a checkpoint in Co Louth. A Republic of Ireland police helicopter helped officers intercept the men. Police declined to name the three, who are in their 50s and 60s.

Chief Supt Bobby Hunniford, of the PSNI, said: "This is a major cross-border operation that is part of a much wider investigation. It has been in the planning process for a considerable time."

For decades police and customs have struggled to shut down the lucrative fuel smuggling and laundering operations in south Armagh, which includes treating agricultural diesel and selling it to motorists.

The British and Irish armies backed up the police as they searched six properties including Murphy's farm, which straddles the border at Hackballscross in south Armagh, the IRA heartland nicknamed bandit country.

Murphy, 62, who has always insisted he has made an honest living, has been under surveillance by the security forces for three decades.

The bachelor and gaelic games enthusiast was regarded by MI5 as the single biggest domestic threat to the country but he has never been convicted.

He came to a wider prominence in 1998 when he lost an 11-year battle with The Sunday Times in which he unsuccessfully attempted to sue over claims that he was involved in bombing campaigns on mainland Britain.

In October last year, it was claimed that Murphy was linked to a £30 million property empire in Manchester and Cheshire and it is believed that yesterday's raid was connected to that allegation.

Then, Murphy's solicitor denied that the portfolio of 250 properties managed by the Manchester-based Craven Group was an outlet for IRA money laundering.

Later, the owners of Craven Group claimed it had been tricked into managing property for one of "Slab" Murphy's brothers, Frank Murphy.

Dermot Craven said he was unaware of the connection between the two men when he agreed to look after seven properties owned by Frank Murphy's company Sailor Property. Frank Murphy denied a link to the IRA.

Supt Kevin Donoghue, of the Garda, said the searches had found "no direct linkage" to the Manchester properties and last night a Craven Group spokesman said: "This has nothing to do with us. We have no idea what it is about."
 
#20
Posted this as the BBC just mentioned a few fags, some euros and pounds. A bit more by the look of things and I bet he's not double wiped his hard disk. Should be more arrests if they're not tipped off first.
 

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