Dirtbag of the Week: Thomas 'Slab' Murphy
One of the most notorious IRA terrorists. He was nicknamed 'slab' because his victims inevitably ended up on an autopsy slab. Managed to avoid prosecution for years by a simple trick: His house straddled the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland. An interesting article about him:
THE back door of his farmhouse is in the North and his front door in the Republic, so when the RUC appeared at his back door he could walk out the front into the Republic and if the gardai knocked on the front door he would walk out the back yard and into a little corner of the UK known as south Armagh.
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, now a stocky, balding 56-year-old farmer, is single, a moderate drinker and a non-smoker. His interests are Gaelic football, darts and road bowling and he's only ever been prosecuted for motoring offences and claims he was questioned by gardai merely for having driven after taking alcohol.
But 'Slab' Murphy is also a ruthless IRA leader, a former chief of staff of the IRA and the man who personally masterminded the importation of hundreds of tons of lethal weapons from Libya which, we are told, have been destroyed.
At least that's what the Sunday Times said about him and when he sued for libel and lost.
According to gardai, the RUC, and intelligence services on both sides of the border, Thomas 'Slab' Murphy is the IRA leader behind some of the worst atrocities to take place during The Troubles.