Murphys “had agreed not to fight the seizure..”

The BBC reports that the Republic of Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau has “succeeded in confiscating more than 635,000 euros from alleged former IRA leader Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy and others.” And from the RTÉ report

In March 2006 CAB, local gardaí, customs officers and detectives from the fraud bureau and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation raided his home and business premises at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross in Co Louth. It was also the address of Ace Oils Ltd and CAB officers subsequently told the High Court that Thomas Murphy and his brothers Frank and Patrick had been involved in oil smuggling and money laundering for 20 years.

They also removed cash and cheques in black plastic bags. Today the High Court granted them an order confiscating over €635,000. Mr Justice Frank Clarke said he was satisfied the money was the proceeds of crime and the total, made up of €435,000 and stg£150,000, will be handed over to the Exchequer. Thomas Murphy is still before the courts on charges facing tax offence charges. His brothers, Patrick and Frank, have reached tax settlements with the Criminal Assets Bureau for a figure understood to be over €1m.

No more news yet on those other charges.. And, according to the iol report, “The High Court this morning heard that the 59-year-old from Ballybinaby in Hackballscross and his brothers Francis and Patrick had agreed not to fight [the] seizure.” Does Gerry Adams still think he’s “not a criminal” but a “good republican”? Adds From the updated iol report

More than €625,000 in cash and cheques have been confiscated in the South while £445,000 (573,000 euro) and nine properties in the north-west of England were recovered by UK authorities. A garda spokesman said the settlement was the culmination of a global crime and fraud investigation into the proceeds of crime.

“Today’s proceedings are the culmination of intensive investigations by the Criminal Assets Bureau and the UK’s Serious and Organised Crime Agency,” gardai said. “Both agencies have co-operated extensively, working in partnership to achieve today’s outcome.” The Irish leg of the investigation was settled in Dublin’s High Court today while the UK’s seizure was finalised in a Manchester court yesterday.

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  • Now he’s been done for fiddling the exchequer and not paying his taxes properly, maybe he’ll be electable to the Dáil.

  • DC

    “maybe he’ll be electable to the Dáil.”

    Yea in as much as Gerry Adams is held accountable to West Belfast.

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    If Adams et al are serious about P+J they should come out and welcome this development. Not only that, but they should/must retract their statement about him being a good republican! This makes SF look like a joke. One the one hand they claim to support policing, yet on other they spap the backs of their mates!

  • DC

    “This makes SF look like a joke.” No it makes that party look honest in being consistently dishonest.

  • fin

    so what if Gerry said he was an honest republican, plenty more claimed he was the owner of 250 houses, a £30,000,000 empire, chief of staff of the IRA…………

    he was under investigation for 3-4 years

    and this is it?

    haha, where do his distracters stand now, if a fraction of the rubbish printed is true, Tom Murphy is laughing? and a lot of self-rightous people look like asses

    can’t be bothered to dig out the figures that fuel smuggling is said to cost the taxman, but seem to remember lots of noughts.

    this conviction is barely a figleaf for the authorities, lots of questions should be asked.

  • diesel dan

    Ach now boys sure whats the harm in a bit of the auld smuggling? Sure don’t yous all know that its been going on for years? Since 1920 to be sure to be sure when the Border was first created. And how do you finish smuggling? By doing away with the Border? Easy peasey.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    We should make a film about this upstanding Republican. Gerry has gave his support towards this fellow.

    We must believe Gerry…..”to infinity and beyond.”

  • DC

    Yea I’m sure it will, what about all that cocaine washed up off the western coastline, was that going to the peace-loving international law abiding veteran club too?

  • dunreavynomore

    fin
    what kind of a person keeps hundreds of thousands in bin liners? an honest person? a person who claims to be a small farmer??
    Another question that arise is the murder of paul quinn; s.f. said he was killed by ‘feuding criminals”, his family said the i.r.a. killed him and now it appears that both could be right at the same time because when the chief of staff is at it then it’s logical to assume the foot soldiers are diping in the trough too. everybody, come and take a tour around the ‘electric gates’ district of sth armagh, see how ‘the most deprived ward in ireland’ looks nowadays, or at least the bits where the provos live.

  • Half Pint

    What a nice bunch of people to be in government with!

  • “what kind of a person keeps hundreds of thousands in bin liners?”

    Maybe he hadn’t heard the ROI government were guaranteeing all bank deposits.

  • Steve

    I bet the settlement allows the government to seize the cash with out the Murphy’s pleading guilty.

    Master stroke by the Murphy’s give up a little keep a lot

    Stealing from old lizzie is not necesarily a crime to SF, its merely depriving the enemy of resources. Think carpet bombing german factories in world war 2

  • dunreavynomore

    steve,
    you’re right “stealing from old lizzie” was never viewed as a crime by s.f. but now they are in the assembley and calling themselves ‘the government’ the stealing is as much from stormont, not to mention Leinster Hse, as from old lizzie, and so from their own pet projects. When the bosses are it it for personal gain it also calls into question that movement’s committment to ‘the poor people’ or ‘the man in the street.’ Is it the old cry ” the working class can kiss my ass, I’ve got the foreman’s job at last?” Smuggling was never looked upon as real ‘crime’ in border areas but apparently it is now when we listen to Connor Murphy, Arthur Morgan and others so the slabs are now criminalised which is probably why Gerry and co have stopped standing up for them.When smuggling paramiltaries share their goods between ‘mortal enemies’ we really have to ask what the hell was going on down the years? Share them they did, from Ballabinaby to the shankill. I hope the rottenness is eventually fully exposed.

    finally, all you women should consider Tom, there he is, a 59 year old batchelor with bin bags full of money and no woman about the place,

  • DC,

    aren’t a bunch of English people charged over that cocaine? Is there not enough that the Provos have done without blaming them for everything?

  • fin

    tut,tut, Garibaldy, you’re letting facts cloud your judgement, next you’ll be saying the provo’s aren’t the cause of the credit crunch

  • Not of course that being charged necessarily means a lot.

  • DC

    It was an English-led gang that was once run by an illiterate Englishman yes indeed, although some group has to put it onto the Irish streets. It is after all still smuggling without borders, which was my point. And I gather if it is illegitimate smuggling then there will be the usual ‘good’ people coalescing around this gang and putting it into their own money making systems. Sometimes Ireland, sometimes Britain and Northern Ireland and sometimes in all of those areas running as one vast interlinking criminal network.

    Did Slab not have houses in Manchester, the good republican that he is an all that!

  • Comrade Stalin

    Steve:

    Stealing from old lizzie is not necesarily a crime to SF, its merely depriving the enemy of resources.

    You may not be aware that the IRA conducts criminal operations south of the border as well. Either way, though, SF’s opinion of the law is completely irrelevant to the matters at hand.

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  • yuyt

    It was an English-led gang that was once run by an illiterate Englishman yes indeed, although some group has to put it onto the Irish streets. It is after all still smuggling without borders, which was my point. And I gather if it is illegitimate smuggling then there will be the usual ‘good’ people coalescing around this gang and putting it into their own money making systems. Sometimes Ireland, sometimes Britain and Northern Ireland and sometimes in all of those areas running as one vast interlinking criminal network.

    Did Slab not have houses in Manchester, the good republican that he is an all that!

  • Steve

    Sock puppets DC how very immature

    It was an English-led gang that was once run by an illiterate Englishman yes indeed, although some group has to put it onto the Irish streets

    I thought selling drugs was an onionist specialty?

  • waffler

    The mothers of republican prisioners got a mesely £3.50 a week pdf of which £3 was paid back for their weekly journey in an old beat out bus that broke down on a regular basis.
    Its going to be very enlightning when it all comes out (and not before time) as to how long various individuals have had considerable wealth without the working background to back it up.
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  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Goodness, when the slab was first arrested, I appear to remember uproar from republicans on Slugger – jumping to this man’s defence!! Where has that support disapeared off to? Come on lads – surely this is a MI5 comspiracy!

  • Steve

    the futures blight is the orange

    I don’t beleive anyone on here particularily claimed Slab was innocent we objected how they were going about the prosecution

  • West of Ireland and free

    Now is the time to look at the DUP/UDA/UFF/MI5, who is bank rolling them lads. Can CAB look at them about time someone asked where they got their ill gotten gains!

  • Comrade Stalin

    Steve,

    Slab was described as innocent.

    It isn’t terribly surprising that republicans take these views. Look at the case of Garda McCabe for example. Sinn Fein argued that the republicans who shot him dead while they were robbing a bank should qualify for early release, the implication being that their activites were political rather than criminal.

  • me

    The money should be given to the victim of his and the ira terrorist campaign of over 30 years

  • Steve

    me

    should the exchequers money go to the victims of hmg 80+ year terror campaign?

  • Reader

    Steve: should the exchequers money go to the victims of hmg 80+ year terror campaign?
    Ignoring the inflammatory language, the Government has indeed handed out a lot of money in compensation.

  • DC

    Steve, while I do support policing and justice powers being devolved that doesn’t necessarily mean I have or have had blanket support for Adams and Co.

    Dishonesty and denial has been the leitmotif of provisional Sinn Fein, ardent SF supporters chortle “so what”, others sniff “it’s criminality to be sure”.

  • Danny O’Connor

    When oh when wont the powers that be start seizing the illegal assets in Larne?

  • Steve

    DC

    Anyone who gives blanket support to Adams and co should get their head checked

    I support their goal not all of the actions they have taken to get there

  • DC

    Steve, just thinking there, some people have already given ‘on the blanket’ support ;D

  • Steve

    DC

    Well i actually think any one who gives blanket support to any group or organization should get their head checked

    But then all those american republicans would be jamming up the system

  • dunreavynomore

    ‘an english led gang led by an illiterate’

    i hope you are not referring to the provos under their once leader Sean McStiofan or John Stevens as he was known while being reared in London.

  • Steve

    DC

    Ohh duhhh blanket support …… missed that one completely

    swishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh