Martin Foley

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For the Australian politician, see Martin Foley (politician).

Martin "The Viper" Foley (born 24 November 1952) is a well-known Irish criminal. He rose from a street drug dealer to become an associate of Martin Cahill. Foley has 33 convictions. He is considered a key figure in the McCormack-Foley crime family from Crumlin, Dublin. He has had several attempts on his life including being shot on five different occasions, including most recently on 26 January 2008. Foley was shot a number of times outside the Carlisle gym on Kimmage Road West, South Dublin.

A well known Dublin gangland criminal, Foley's first conviction was in 1968 and since then he has been a member of Martin Cahill's criminal gang and jailed for numerous offences including breaking a police officer's jaw.[citation needed]

A shooting on 26 January 2008 was the fourth time Foley has been shot; in 1995 outside Fatima Mansions, in 1996 by the convicted murderer Brian Meehan, and in 2000 as he left a swimming pool in Terenure. This shooting is believed to be linked to the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud, with Foley aligned to one of the feuding gangs.[1] He was also abducted by the Provisional IRA in 1984 but escaped following a shoot-out in Phoenix Park between the kidnappers and Gardaí.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Alan Sherry, "History shows crime did not pay for Cahill gang",, 8 August 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lyder, Andre. Pushers Out: The Inside Story of Dublin's Anti-Drugs Movement. Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing, 2005; ISBN 1-4120-5099-5

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