October 25th, 2014

Politician's house targeted by ruthless crime gang as they plan to murder him

NewsBy Alan Sherry
Sinn Fein councillor John Hearne talks to Sunday World reporter Alan Sherry
Sinn Fein councillor John Hearne talks to Sunday World reporter Alan Sherry

Members of a gang that hatched a plot to murder a politician have been spotted watching his house.

The mobsters, who have been behind drug dealing, illegal money lending, robbery, assaults, intimidation, money laundering and various other offences, have been the focus of a major Garda operation in the south east in recent months which saw dozens of homes raided and key players arrested. 

The Sunday World revealed in July that gardai had warned Waterford Sinn Fein Councillor John Hearne of a threat to his life from the gang because he has been helping communities stand up to their intimidation. Since then they have been attempting to intimidate him. 

Cllr Hearne said: “They’ve been sitting up in The Square watching the place and the guards have been watching them watching the place. But they’re wasting their time. I’m not going anywhere.”

The gang previously carried out a petrol bomb attack on the politician’s car. 

Members of the gang are already facing charges on in connection with a number of incidents and officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) have been trawling through the finances following a series of raids earlier this year. 

Now the Council is planning to look into bulldozing illegally-built extensions on their homes. 

Waterford Council is set to receive a list tomorrow detailing a number of buildings which are believed to have been constructed without planning permission. 

Cllr Hearne said: “In some cases there are extensions which have doubled the size of the house and they’ve even built a new small house at the back of another home.”