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'Slab' bid to see tax rap dropped is thrown out

By Daniel Hickey

Published 26/11/2015

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy

Judges trying republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy for alleged tax evasion have rejected an appeal to have the charges dismissed.

The 66-year-old's lawyers had argued the case was an "abuse of process" as Murphy's income from farming was estimated at just €15,000 per year.

But judges at Dublin's Special Criminal Court, which has no jury, ruled there was "no evidence whatsoever" for the claim.

Murphy, from Hackballscross, Co Louth, denies nine charges against him alleging that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Republic's tax authorities for the years 1996/97 to 2004.

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