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‘Fat’ Andy’s wife Ann Connors arrested by gardai

Ann Connors
Ann Connors

The wife of crime boss ‘Fat’ Andy Connors was arrested after she was discovered driving around a posh south county Dublin neighbourhood with balaclavas, screwdrivers and cash in her car.

Traveller widow Ann, who has just been hit with a massive €2.5million bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau, was found in Leopardstown with the stash in her car, which included a wad of sterling notes hidden in an old sock.

It is understood that when she was nabbed, Mrs Connors and a relative tried to chuck the loot and a number of balaclavas and screwdrivers out the window of the vehicle.

'Fat' Andy Connors

She was later released on bail on the condition that she won’t return to the Leopardstown area.

The widow of the murdered traveller boss has been left reeling after being hit with a €2.5m bill relating to her husband’s involvement in crime.

The bill was slapped on her while she was trying to get her husband’s estate in order following his shooting at their Saggart home in August 2014.

Despite being under investigation from the CAB, she continued to spend an unexplained fortune on family occasions, while attempting to put pressure on a well-known businessman about land she claimed should have been transferred to her family.

She forked out for a gold casket, estimated to be worth up to €30,000, and buried Andy in up to €100,000 in jewellery, including his trademark Rolex watch. She later placed a €50,000 giant headstone on his grave.

During his criminal career, Connors had led a traveller gang – called the Pale Connors – who targeted rural homes and regularly terrorised elderly and vulnerable people living on their own. ‘Fat’ Andy, who settled a hefty bill himself with the CAB, was also suspected of involvement in drug dealing and it is believed he operated as a banker for the underworld for years.

Since his death, Ann Connors has moved between the U.K. and Ireland, but regularly returns to the family’s large home in Saggart.

Since her husband’s death, she hasn’t been inside the house and instead lives with her family in caravans on the grounds outside.

Before Christmas, the mother of six called the Gardaí to report that she had been burgled at the house.

It is understood that Ann has sought security advice from criminals Troy Jordan and Martin ‘the Viper’ Foley, who she hired to protect her after her husband was murdered in front of her and their children.

Both Jordan and Foley were close associates of ‘Fat’ Andy and Ann had hoped they would represent her with ongoing disputes over money and land ownership with a well-known businessman.

The Connors family believe they own a large, multi-million euro property portfolio, including land in Saggart and Tallaght. However, the businessman denies this.