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'Viper' Foley (64) is due to become dad again within days


Martin Foley

Martin Foley

Martin Foley

Veteran criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley is due to become a father again this week when his wife gives birth.

The 64-year-old, who married girlfriend Sonia Doyle (38) in a private ceremony in the Canary Islands just over a year ago, is said to be "very excited" about the imminent addition to his family, which sources said could arrive as early as today.

Foley was one of Ireland's most notorious criminals and has been shot on four separate occasions. He has l4 bullet wounds in his body.

He set up a now-defunct debt collection company a decade ago and has been a long-term target for the Criminal Assets Bureau and other garda units.

Foley and Ms Doyle were together for 10 years before they married in a modest ceremony in Puerto Rico on Gran Canaria in November 2013.

Foley was previously married to Pauline, who died in 2003.

He has two daughters from that marriage, Amy and Rachel, who are now both in their late 20s.

Foley and Ms Doyle have been living together in his home in Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, for most of the past decade.


He has more than 40 convictions including for assault, robbery and possession of threatening weapons.

Foley came to prominence in the 1980s when he was a member of the gang led by murdered mobster Martin 'The General' Cahill.

He was kidnapped by an IRA gang in 1984 but was freed after a shoot-out between the terrorists and gardai in the Phoenix Park.

In the last serious attempt on his life he was shot numerous times in broad daylight in Dublin in January 2008.

Last October, in an interview with the Herald, he spoke of his anger after his wedding ring was seized by Revenue officials during a dawn raid on his home in relation to an unpaid tax bill of almost €1m.

He also claimed he was going to sue the State for "damages and stress".

And he demanded that gardai haul supergrass Charlie Bowden back to Ireland to stand trial for the attempt on his life in 1996.