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Martin 'The Viper' Foley arrested following altercation in Dublin city shopping centre

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Arrest: Martin 'The Viper' Foley
Arrest: Martin 'The Viper' Foley

Career criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley was today arrested after being involved in an altercation in a shopping centre in Dublin.

The veteran criminal was arrested by Gardai at lunchtime in the Ilac Centre following an altercation in a jewellery shop. 

Foley (64) was detained along with another man after being subdued by several security guards following the altercation, the nature of which is still unknown. 

Gardai confirmed this evening the arrest of a 64-year-old man and a 37-year-old man over the incident. 

Reports suggest Foley was involved in a false imprisonment dispute but these allegations have not been confirmed. 

The 64-year-old has a long history of involvement but only recently got married and had a child. He has more than 40 convictions, some for assault, robbery, and possession of threatening weapons.

Before settling down, he was the subject of four attempted assassinations, and has been shot over a dozen times. 

Foley has a total of 15 bullet holes in his body after surviving the murder bids. He is known as "Rasputin" among his criminal colleagues because nobody has ever been able to kill him.
 
After a botched hit attempt in 2000, Foley spoke about how being shot had affected him.
 
He said: "When you are shot on three different occasions and you have eleven holes in your body, psychologically the thing is never going to leave you and you would react to certain situations where anything bad might happen."
 
He was raided by the Criminal Assets Bureau late last year after being handed a bill for €916,960 from them. The bill relates to the alleged under declaration of income tax from his debt collection business Viper Recovery Agency which is now defunct.
 
Last October Foley spoke out saying he was infuriated that his wedding ring was taken during the dawn raid on his home in relation to his CAB bill. It is understood Revenue officials also took company accounts.