Sucking Diesel



Thomas Slab Murphy arriving at the Special Criminal Court this morning (top) and leaving this evening (above) for an unspecified prison.

Alleged former IRA “chief of staff”, Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for tax evasion.

He was convicted of nine charges at the Republic of Ireland’s non-jury Special Criminal Court in December….

….Speaking to journalists before the hearing started, he was asked if he would go onto the republican wing if he was sent to prison.

Murphy replied: “I’ve no idea, I’ve never been in jail before.”

When asked if he might now write a book on his experiences, he said: “Ah, ye (you) have all written it already.”

‘Slab’ Murphy: Tax evasion jail term for alleged ex-IRA chief (BBC)

NUJ seeks garda probe into intimidation of journalists by associates of ‘Slab’ Murphy (


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33 thoughts on “Sucking Diesel

  1. Harry Molloy

    Chief of staff of an organisation that (apart from killing soldiers which you could understand given that they were a self declared liberation army) planted bombs in civilian areas killing civilians, punishment beating, knee-cappings, extortion, kidnapping, armed robbery, killing of unarmed gardai etc etc etc

    I’m glad the peace process happened and that both sides saw sense. I know I didn’t grow up there, if I had maybe I would have put a gun in my own hands which is why targeting of soliders I can understand. But for terrorising their own community I think they are scum.

    And that extends to slab. So am happy he’s in jail and hope there is more to come.

  2. Hugh

    Never been convicted of any other offence, yet he is labelled an IRA Godfather etc etc. Still, people should pay tax and if found guilty then they suffer the consequences.
    One wonders how many cronies of FF and FG, property developers and the like never spent a day in court never mind a day in jail.
    This country stinks.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      Those in power write the history and control the message so as long as FF/FG are in, you’ll never know the truth about most of things that go on in this country like missing children, cover ups of children’s murders, etc.

      Ireland is a third world country in terms of justice.

      I wonder will Lowry get jail if convicted considering the amount in question for him is in the 100s of 1000s. Of course, he’ll have the luxury of a jury.

      1. jungleman

        Poor slab not getting a jury. All because he was a senior member of a terrorist organisation. So unfair.

      2. Harry Molloy

        We’re not talking about fg or ff here, we’re talking about slab Murphy. And you’re defending him / deflecting away from him. As a lot of sinn fein supporters do for some reason

    2. Neilo

      There’s a reason he was tried in the SSC, Hugh, the good people of Louth and Armagh have been terrified of him for decades. If you feel so very strongly that this nation stinks because it has secured a bullseye on the terror apparatus sustaining The Man Who Would Be Chieftain, well, you know where the exits are.

    3. rotide

      Hugh, Do you think that the FF/FG Elites just sat around in their Secret Lair and used eeny meeny miny moe to choose a citizen at random to label the IRA Cheif-Of-Staff?

      Or do you accept that according to all inteligence/published articles and interviews he was actually Chief of Staff of an organisation that bombed civilians?

      Just to clear up where you actually stand here.

    4. Harry Molloy

      To be fair Hugh, you’ve had Dunn fein and their supporters reminding us of the credit he deserved for bringing the ira to the table. That’s an open admission of his role, not once denying that he was chief of staff, so it is completely fair to assign those crimes to him.

  3. Funster Fionnanánn

    Don’t vote Sinn Fein
    Don’t vote Sinn Fein
    Don’t vote Sinn Fein

    Government and media know what type of eejits vote here.

    So transparent it’s laughable.

  4. Old Bawn

    Straight to Portlaoise for the nice rural gentleman. He’ll be out in 12 months. Hopefully the boyos don’t think that the “blind eye” arrangement was broken and get up to their old shenanigans again. Just stick to polluting rivers in your local community, hawking dodgy fags and the rest of the criminality. It’s only been 18 years since 1998, it takes time to go legit.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      The Government deliberately throws a blind eye towards most border smuggling and related crime. It was an unspoken agreement and everyone up there knows that. So the Government are complicit in these crimes. They facilitate them. And because of that, people have been beaten up and murdered.

  5. rory

    Did they schedule his conviction for the day of the election, or did they schedule the election for the day of his conviction?

    1. some old queen

      The Special Criminal Court hand down a sentence to someone widely known as political on the same day as a general election… Who is responsible for this sort of impartiality?

      1. Frilly Keane

        Sur he’ll be treated like a Chieftain there
        Prison Officers falling over themselves to get him his bunburger n’chips from the chipper
        Lads making sure he gets the right cuppa tay out’ve the pot
        Sharing their Jaffa Cakes
        N’ every ‘ting

        ‘Grand break for him

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