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Viper's delight after second wife Sonia gives birth to girl


Martin 'The Viper' Foley

Martin 'The Viper' Foley

Martin 'The Viper' Foley

This is proud new father Martin 'The Viper' Foley leaving Dublin's Coombe Hospital yesterday evening, just hours after his wife Sonia gave birth to a baby girl.

Veteran criminal Foley (64) became a dad again in the early hours of yesterday morning and is said to be "overjoyed" about the new addition to his family.

Foley, who was photographed leaving the hospital at 4.30pm yesterday, was understood to be relaxing at his Crumlin home last night with Sonia (38) who left the maternity hospital with their baby on the same day she gave birth.

The child was born just hours after Foley had attended the funeral of his close pal and business associate Michael 'Mick' Cunningham in Ballyfermot on Thursday morning.

Foley left the service at the Church of the Assumption in the west-Dublin suburb just a day before his beloved Sonia was about to go into labour at that stage.

While 'The Viper' looked extremely agitated on Thursday, he was more relaxed yesterday.

Foley and Sonia were together for 10 years before they got married in a small ceremony in Puerto Rico in the Canary Islands in November 2013.

Foley was previously married to Pauline, who passed away in 2003. He has two daughters from the marriage, Amy and Rachel, who are both in their late 20s.

'The Viper' and Sonia have been living together in his home in Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, for around a decade and are described as "a very loving couple".

Foley, who has survived four assassination attempts, has more than 40 convictions, some for assault and robbery, and possession of threatening weapons.

He was one of Ireland's most notorious criminals and has at least 14 bullet wounds in his body.

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


Last October, Foley did an interview with the Herald in which 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 said that Sonia was left "very stressed out" and needed medical attention because he claimed she believed their dog would be taken.

Foley, who was one of Ireland's best-known criminals, also claimed that he is going to sue the State for "damages and stress" and demanded supergrass Charlie Bowden be hauled back to Ireland to stand trial for an attempted on his life.