West Belfast Property developer wanted by Italian police…

INTERESTING ‘developments’ in Italy… Harry Fitzsimons former IRA man and director of a property development business which, in the words of his business partner Antonio Velardo in his award winning company:

…despite the fact that the company is now so successful, it really is just over two years old, and came about following a meeting between myself and my now fellow CEO, Harry Fitzsimons. However, whilst that history is a short one it is also a dynamic one and, although we only started with just two people, were able to grow the company to turnover levels of €100 million in less than eight months.

The Italian Police say they have no reason to think there is any link between Mr Fitzsimon’s former life and what they suspect him of doing in southern Italy

One to keep an eye on…

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  • Dec

    Two (BBC & the Telegraph) rather contrasting accounts there, Mick.

  • 6crealist

    This all seems highly implausible:


  • Mick Fealty

    Quite so Dec. And no comment from.me on the differ…

  • between the bridges

    ‘with just two people, were able to grow the company to turnover levels of €100 million in less than eight months.’
    Fair play, them boys would be a shoe in the dragons den…

  • son of sam

    Apart from his “business”affairs in Italy,does anyone know if Mr Fitzsimons had his own businesses in Ireland?Maybe the Andersonstown News could do a piece on that!!

  • 241934 john brennan

    There seems to be a lot property tycoons/speculators within the ranks of Sinn Fein supporters – with many enquiries and allegations – but few resulting in actual convictions?
    e.g. whatever was the outcome of investigations into Slab Murphy’s business activities. If there was a conclusion does anyone know?

  • babyface finlayson

    son of sam
    There is a Real Estate company called HCF Overseas Property
    of which he appears to be the sole shareholder.
    Nothing up North it seems.

  • jthree

    He is a director of two companies in NI and linked to others.

  • John,

    Slab had almost 500,000 pounds confiscated by the British courts and a similar amount by an Irish court. His trial for tax evasion in the Republic is still pending. Interestingly, the case will be held by the Special Criminal Court.

  • tacapall

    It seems scapegoats are needed in order to give the illusion of justice in the attempts to curb money laundering for the mafia. Was there not a big story not long ago when the Vatican bank was accused of money laundering for the mafia, they even had 300 million euros withheld by the EEC and all credit card transactions by visitors to the Vatican suspended. Was that not one of the reasons why the Pope resigned and the head of the Vatican bank sacked. We are led to believe the amounts of money involved runs into hundreds of millions, a drop in the ocean compared to the amounts suggested that the Vatican bank laundered, but no arrests there.

    I’ve worked for Harry on a number of occasions and unlike many other property developers from the West of the city, he does pay his workers and contractors at the end of the week.

    Some people can fall into a bucket of s… and come out smelling of roses, thats the type of man he is. Good luck to him.

  • sherdy

    TAC – No arrests of Banco Ambrosiano (Vatican bank) employees because the Pope heard their confessions before he resigned, so they get a free pass.
    I would check into why Silvio Berlusconi tried to make a political comeback.

  • Rory Carr

    Gratuitous and offensive remarks by this Sherdy fellow intended to be insulting to a sacred sacrament of the Catholic faith and to the person of the recent Pontiff ought not be permitted to stand.

    Nor should any defensive whataboutery following this complaint.

  • Mick Fealty

    Seriously Rory?

  • Rory Carr

    Yes, seriously, Mick.

  • Mick Fealty

    I could ping him for flippancy. For not taking the subject matter seriously. But on the scale of things, I’d say that would be a over reaction.

    I’m genuinely surprised at it coming from you Rory. Given you’ve got the libertine Voltaire amongst your list of heros…?

  • Granni Trixie

    This mans solicitor who sticks up for him sounded v.convincing on the radio. Enough for me to reserve judgment. He says for instance that the man has not yet been approached by either police in Italy Nor NI.

    Are the posters above not a bit
    quick off the mark,given they could be sued?

  • tacapall

    Was Sherdy telling any untruths Mick, and as to the subject matter, is the thread just about Harry Fitzsimmons and his past connections to the IRA or money laundering for the Mafia.

  • Pete Baker


    I noticed the solicitor declined to reveal where his client was, despite having clearly spoken to him since the news of the raids broke. Other than he was not in Northern Ireland.

    But now that he knows there is a warrant for his arrest, he can return from wherever that is…

    Arrest warrants for 20 people allegedly involved in the Calabrian scam, including the man from Belfast, were issued yesterday but a spokeswoman for the European Anti-Mafia Commission said last night he could not be arrested as he was no longer in Italy but rather had gone to a country where the arrest warrant was not “applicable”.

    “The problem is that the man cannot be arrested because he is no longer in Italy, he has gone to a country where the arrest warrant against him cannot be enforced,” Palermo-based Sonia Alfano said.

    And here’s an interesting quote from another report

    Colonel Claudio Pettrozziello said: ‘We know from the terminology he used [in wiretapped phone conversations] that the money originated from crime.

    ‘We can’t prove it was IRA money but we know he still had strong links to the organisation.

    ‘We are still hoping to catch Fitzsimons. We have issued the warrant for his arrest but he has already fled Europe, beyond our jurisdiction.’ he said.

    He added: ‘He knew he was involved with the mafia and we believe he himself had reason to fear for his life.’

  • Rory Carr

    If Sherdy is merely being flippant and I have misread him, then no “pinging” is sought and I apologise for being an over-sensitive, tetchy old fart.

    I seem, in the last few weeks, to have waded through such a mire of gross anti-Catholic sentiment which is unrelated to any of the current events other than that they provide opportunity for the unenlightened, the ill-informed and the uncaring to vent at will, that perhaps I am even more prickly than usual.

    It was all very well for Voltaire, he didn’t have to contend with what passes for philosophy among the sons of the plantation, otherwise Candide would surely have been stillborn.

  • Mick Fealty

    You have nothing but the sympathies of a fellow sufferer… 😉

  • babyface finlayson

    Rory Carr
    “what passes for philosophy among the sons of the plantation,”
    Less of the anti-protestant sentiment please.

  • Pete Baker



  • Mick Fealty

    Baby face good point. Rory. Some of the most egregious and slovenly anti Church bile comes from secular bods who are anything but planters.

  • BarneyT

    I have a polytunnel…does that make me a planter?

  • Rory Carr

    I am deservedly chastened and honestly remorseful.

  • babyface finlayson

    Rory Carr
    “I am deservedly chastened and honestly remorseful.”
    Fair enough.
    You got off your horse and drank your milk.