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Saturday 21 October 2017

'Viper' Foley to become a dad again at age of 63

Martin Foley. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Agency
Martin Foley. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Agency

Veteran criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley is to become a dad again at the age of 63, according to reports.

Foley and his 38-year-old wife Sonia Doyle are to welcome their bundle of joy into the world towards the end of the year, it is believed.

The couple married late in 2013 in a small ceremony in the Canary Islands.

Foley has been the target of assassination attempts on four occasions, the most recent in 2008 on Kimmage Road West as he left a gym.

The gun attack left him fighting for his life for several weeks.

He has received more than a dozen gunshot wounds during attempts on his life. He has more than 40 convictions for assault, robbery and possession of weapons.

Foley already has two grown-up daughters from his first marriage to his late wife Pauline.

The baby news has come at a time when the aging gangster was handed a bill of €916,960 by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

It relates to the alleged under-declaration of income tax from his debt collection business, Viper Debt Recovery & Repossession Services.

The agency was in the black in 2012 after more than doubling revenues.

Figures showed the firm enjoyed a turnaround in fortunes, recording a modest profit of €833 after recording a loss of €7,518 in 2011.

It followed revenues at the company increasing by 100pc from €10,112 in 2011 to €20,290 in the 12 months to the end of September 30, 2012.

Foley and his wife Sonia are listed as directors of the company.

The Viper first came to media attention in the 1980s as an associate of gang leader Martin Cahill.

In 1988, he threatened a member of the gardai with a crossbow when he was followed home by officers after leaving a St Patrick's Day party in Cahill's Rathmines home.

In March 1984, an IRA gang broke into his house in Crumlin, tied him up and kidnapped him.

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