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Thursday 8 December 2016

Fat Andy cash row 'may lead to murder' as gangland thugs search for missing €300,000

Ken Foy

Published 27/09/2016 | 11:10

The funeral of Andy Connors, inset left, Dessie O'Hare
The funeral of Andy Connors, inset left, Dessie O'Hare
Andy Connors

GARDAI are monitoring a bitter cash dispute over a missing €300,000 that belonged to slain gangster ‘Fat’ Andy Connors, which sources have said “could easily lead to a murder”.

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The dispute involves a very close female associate of the gang boss and the thugs who killed him.

'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare (Photo: Gerry Mooney)
'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare (Photo: Gerry Mooney)

Sources said the dissident INLA in Dublin is “in turmoil” over the issue, which has even led to republican killer Dessie O’Hare as well as senior gangland figure Troy Jordan attending meetings in recent weeks, according to sources.

While neither man is a suspect in the Connors murder, both are suspected of knowing who has control of the missing money.

“There’s a lot of tension going on with these criminal organisations, and it has all got to do with the fallout of Andy Connors’ murder,” a source said.

“These gangs are looking for his money, but his female associate is also wondering where the cash has gone. It’s a mess that could easily lead to a murder.”

At the centre of the dispute is a well-known ‘businessman’ who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Connors, a 45-year-old father-of-six, was murdered in front of his wife, Anne, and his children at his newly-built home on the night of August 19, 2014.

His extended Traveller gang, which has more than 200 members, was the chief target of the garda’s Operation Fiacla and other large-scale investigations, but his murder did not end its nationwide crime spree.

Prolific

The gang is the biggest and most prolific involved in a string of burglaries that netted more than €11m worth of cash and possessions

from homes in the last six months of

2013, according to official garda

figures.

Detectives are investigating whether Connors was killed by the INLA after he refused to give in to their extortion demands.

They are also investigating another dispute he was involved in with the high-profile south Dublin ‘businessman’.

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