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Monday 11 December 2017

CAB target 'Fat' Andy properties

Andy Connors
Andy Connors

The Criminal Assets Bureau has moved against several properties owned by the wife of slain gangland boss 'Fat' Andy Connors.

The assets include a five-bedroom mansion with an indoor swimming pool once valued at €3m.

The bureau has registered judgment mortgages against nine properties in southwest Dublin, including houses and farmland.

Land Registry records show the judgment mortgages were registered in recent weeks.

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It means any proceeds from Ann Connors's interest in the properties would go to the CAB should they be sold.

Burglary gang boss Connors, a father-of-six and a member of the Travelling Community, was shot dead by a masked man at his home in Saggart, Co Dublin in August 2014.

The properties where judgment mortgages were secured include a mansion known as 'The Villa' on the Blessington Road near Citywest and three parcels of land totalling 11.5 acres in size off the Slade Road near Saggart.

Judgment mortgages were also secured by the CAB against three properties on 3.4 acres of land at Boherboy, Saggart, including one known as 'The Ranch'.

Further judgment mortgages were secured on a house in Cloonmore Park, Tallaght and a cottage in Cookstown Park, Tallaght.

Meanwhile, a separate garda operation targeting one of the country's most notorious burglary gangs led to the seizure of €75,000 worth of stolen property and the arrest of two women aged in their 40s yesterday.

Over 80 gardai were involved in nine searches in Co Wexford and Co Waterford.

The targeted gang are suspected of being behind a spate of nationwide burglaries including incidents of "nasty" attacks on elderly people.

Sources have revealed that the gang have a "matriarchal structure" which means that women have always have had an important role in the organised crime network which has been in existence for decades.

Sources said that yesterday's raids are linked to a series of raids in 2005 when CAB seized five high-end vehicles owned by Patrick 'Rubber' Reilly and his extended family.

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