Mick McCaffrey, Security Editor
ONE of the country's most notorious criminals, 'The Viper' Martin Foley, is in a critical condition in hospital after surviving a gangland assassination attempt.
Gardai say it is a "miracle" that the 55-yearold is alive after a gunman fired nine shots from a machine pistol at close range.
Foley was struck at least twice in the lower chest and a bullet grazed his head, but he was conscious leaving the scene and even told gardai the name of the man who shot him. The suspect is a 23-year-old man and comes from Clanbrassil Street in Dublin's south-inner city. He is a member of the drugs gang controlled by 27-year-old 'Fat' Freddie Thompson. Gardai fear that Foley's friends may try to seek revenge.
Dozens of armed gardai have been deployed to the streets of Crumlin and Drimnagh to prevent what could turn into a gangland war. Gardai had no intelligence that Foley was in any danger. He was shot as he left a gym on the Kimmage Cross Road at around 3pm yesterday afternoon.
The gunman escaped in a car that was later found burnt-out a short distance away.
January 27, 2008