‘Slab’ Murphy left home minutes before raid - reports

Reports this morning have suggested that the alleged former IRA chief of staff Thomas "Slab" Murphy left his home on the Louth-Armagh border just minutes before gardaí and the PSNI searched the area on Thursday.

Reports this morning have suggested that the alleged former IRA chief of staff Thomas "Slab" Murphy left his home on the Louth-Armagh border just minutes before gardaí and the PSNI searched the area on Thursday.

Murphy's farm was one of 15 properties searched in a massive cross border operation into organised crime.

According to newspaper reports, a search of his home in Ballybinaby confirmed that he had slipped out just minutes before security forces arrived - possibly because of a tip off.

Three people who were arrested following the operation were released without charge on Thursday night, and a file on the matter is being sent to the DPP.

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