CAB moves on homes of General’s women

THE Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is set to move on the homes of the wife and the lover of dead crime boss Martin Cahill.

The news comes just days before the 10th anniversary of The General’s assassination on Wednesday.

CAB is taking court proceedings against sisters Frances Cahill and Tina Lawless and hopes to be given court dates within the next few months.

The agency will argue the homes - both in Rathmines, south Dublin - were bought with the General’s proceeds of crime. The plush detached house in Cowper Downs was where Martin Cahill lived with his wife, Frances, while the former corporation house in nearby Swan Grove is the last known address for Tina Lawless.

The house in Cowper Downs has been boarded up for a number of years. There were reports yesterday that Frances Cahill had begun a new life in the south of England.

CAB is also going after a third property in Dolphins Barn, in the south inner city, which Cahill is said to have bought under his wife’s name. “CAB has initiated a case in court against Frances Cahill and Tina Lawless and the matter is listed for mention in October,” a CAB source said.

“We will hopefully be granted a court date either later this year or early next year.”

The source said Cahill’s assets had been under investigation for a long time.

“We moved on them a number of years ago and it is finally set for court. We are hoping to prove that a number of properties owned by Cahill were bought with the proceeds of crime.” CAB is headed by Chief Superintendent Felix McKenna, who as a detective garda in the Central Detective Unit in the 1980s was involved in investigating Cahill’s crimes.

At the High Court hearings, CAB is expected to submit an affidavit detailing The General’s involvement in bank robberies and art heists and lodgements made to bank accounts in the sisters’ names.

However, it is understood that CAB has not found any accounts in Cahill’s name. During his reign, Cahill masterminded robberies worth in the region of €50 million, but the whereabouts of the bulk of his money is a mystery.

There were rumours that his wealth is buried in the Wicklow Mountains, where Cahill hid a lot of his loot.

Gardaí suspect the sisters do not have any money or wealth, apart from their homes. The sisters are expected to fight proceedings taken by CAB.

They will deny that the houses were bought from the proceeds of crime.

While there have been claims that the INLA and John Gilligan were behind the murder, detectives remain convinced it was carried out by the IRA.

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