Gun-running IRA chief hid behind guise of 'simple farmer'
THE back door of his farmhouse is in the North and his front door in the Republic, so when the RUC appeared at his back door he could walk out the front into the Republic and if the gardai knocked on the front door he would walk out the back yard and into a little corner of the UK known as south Armagh.
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, now a stocky, balding 56-year-old farmer, is single, a moderate drinker and a non-smoker. His interests are Gaelic football, darts and road bowling and he's only ever been prosecuted for motoring offences and claims he was questioned by gardai merely for having driven after taking alcohol.
But 'Slab' Murphy is also a ruthless IRA leader, a former chief of staff of the IRA and the man who personally masterminded the importation of hundreds of tons of lethal weapons from Libya which, we are told, have been destroyed.