Saturday 20 January 2018

Veteran criminal Martin Foley suing sheriff over raid on home

Martin Foley
Martin Foley

Veteran gangster Martin 'The Viper' Foley and his wife Sonia are reportedly suing the Dublin County Sheriff, the Garda Commissioner and the Attorney General over a raid on their home.

The former criminal, now a debt collector, are legally contesting the grounds for the raid on their Crumlin home last October.

The raid was carried out with a Revenue Commissioners confiscation order issued by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

It is understood the authorities have stated that Foley (64) owes an estimated €940,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.

Legal papers were lodged in the High Court last month contesting the raid action five months ago, according to The Star newspaper.

The day after the raid, Mr Foley, in an interview with the Herald, said that he intended to sue the State for "damages and stress" in relation to what happened at his home in Cashel Avenue, Crumlin.

Foley added his wife Sonia was seven months pregnant at the time and was very stressed by the raid.

Items seized included, he claimed, his wedding ring. Other items taken were a 2005 Audi A4, a high-powered motorbike, two watches, and €560 in cash, he said.


"I plan to get all the items back - I'm very unhappy about my treatment here," he told the Herald at the time.

"I was given a verbal agreement, a gentleman's agreement, that my outstanding tax bill was balanced out by money that I'm owed by the State. The two things cancelled each other out."

Revenue and Sheriff's Office officials received armed support from members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) during the raid.

A judgment was registered by the Land Registry last July 22, having been obtained by CAB in the High Court on May 23.

Foley, who has dozens of convictions to his name, was a key member of the gang led by murdered mobster Martin 'The General' Cahill and has survived four assassination attempts.

He claimed he had been led to believe for more than a decade that the State would not be pursuing him over the unpaid taxes.

He said he believed the raid should not have been carried out while his legal team was waiting to challenge the tax bill in the Supreme Court.


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