Sunday 11 December 2016

The law finally catches up with 'Slab' Murphy

Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy. Pic: Courtpix
Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy. Pic: Courtpix

Few people made money out of the Troubles like Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Estimates of his fortune may vary - €50m is one figure quoted - but this "good friend" and "decent man", as he was described by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, got something of a comeuppance yesterday.

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In a trial that lasted nine weeks - and a ruling that ran to 10 pages - he was nailed for tax evasion.

There is nothing ordinary about Murphy. The trial was held in the non-jury Special Criminal Court, a decision he fought all the way to the Supreme Court.

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