'Untouchable' IRA godfather was lionised by Sinn Féin
Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy has reigned as an untouchable IRA godfather and the head of a huge organised criminal empire for around 40 years.
During all that time this "good Republican" - considered a hero by Sinn Féin - turned the pastoral landscape of South Armagh into Bandit Country.
Like a Nordic warlord, he ruled the spiritual home of Republicans with an iron fist - beyond reach of governments and security services on both sides of the Border. Despite running one of the richest criminal empires in the world and being on the Army Council of the IRA, Thomas 'Slab' Murphy was untouchable in every sense.