Monday 23 April 2018

'Slab' has 18 months to dwell on Republic's justice

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Photo: Courtpix
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Photo: Courtpix
Editorial

Editorial

For four decades, it is believed that he was the Capo di tutti capi - the boss of bosses - at the hub of the IRA's €50m criminal empire in south Armagh.

Yesterday Slab Murphy, 'good republican' and friend of Gerry Adams, the same man who once had the power of life and death over others - according to witnesses in a failed libel case he brought - found out what it was like to be at the receiving end of actual, as opposed to summary, justice.

It was fitting that the former IRA godfather was brought down for breaching tax laws, thus meeting the same fate as Al Capone.

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