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Shocking video shows Martin 'The Viper' Foley tell man to 'Google me' as he demands €10,000

Foley (70) nicknamed ‘The Viper’ is one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals

Ken Foy and Neasa Cumiskey

A video has emerged of veteran criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley accusing a man of owing €10,000 in debt.

“Google me and see who I am,” the Dublin gangster is heard saying during a recording of the incident.

The video shows Foley (70), arguing with a man who is outside the vehicle.

It's claimed in the video that money is owed to an unidentified man who is sitting beside Foley inside the vehicle.

“The Viper,” who has survived four attacks on his life, is shown examining a clipboard and speaking to the man through the window.

He accuses him of owing the driver €10,000 but the man denies it.

Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley. Photo: Collins

“He’s saying you owe him €10,000,” Foley is recorded saying. “There is proof there. There’s text messages.”

He continues: “If this goes to court, the court proceedings will outweigh the debt and you’ll still have to pay it.

“You’ll go to court? So you’re saying you’re not paying him, are you?”

The man responds: “No, I’m not paying him. If he proves it to me, I’ll pay him. He hasn’t given me the money. I’ve paid him everything that I owe him. I gave him two cars; I gave him everything that I owed him. I don’t owe him this.”

Foley dismisses the man and says that he is “acting the bo****ks”.

When the man threatens to get Gardaí involved, Foley interrupts.

“There’s no need to call the cops. I have no need to call the police. Google me and see who I am,” he says.

While it is unclear when or where the video originates from, Martin Foley continues to run his debt collection agency known as the Viper Debt Recovery and Repossession Agency despite the lockdown.

Sources say that he has been spotted in Co Kildare in recent times trying to retrieve a debt against a businessman in the locality.

Last June, a businessman claimed before the High Court that a former developer is using the firm of criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley to try to collect a disputed debt from him of more than €100,000.

Foley, nicknamed ‘The Viper’, is one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals and has more than 40 convictions including for assault, robbery and possession of threatening weapons but has not been charged with a criminal offence for many years.

The Viper’ Foley has links to both factions in the brutal Hutch/Kinahan feud and knows senior players in the rival mobs for decades.

In the aftermath of the Regency Hotel bloodbath in 2016, gardai issued him with an official Information Message form (GIM) , officially warning him of an active threat to his life.

At the time it was reported that Foley was being targeted by the Kinahan mob over his friendship with Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

However there has been no major issues with Foley since then and no attempts to murder him.

The Viper’ was ordered to pay €738,449 in tax, interest and penalties after losing a Supreme Court appeal against a Criminal Assets Bureau tax bill In February of last year.

Foley took a case to the Supreme Court claiming that Cab had delayed for years in pursuing him for the principal sum, interest and penalties imposed by Cab and that the total sum now owed dwarfed the original judgment against him.

The interest and penalties incurred over the unpaid tax bill more than trebled the amount initially owed.

Foley became a dad again in January, 2015, when his wife Sonia Doyle gave birth to a baby girl.

In October,2014, Foley did an interview with the Herald in which he spoke of his anger after his wedding ring was seized by Revenue officials during a dawn raid on his home in relation to an unpaid tax bill of almost €1m.

He also said that Sonia was left "very stressed out" and needed medical attention because he claimed she believed their dog would be taken.

In August, 2012, Foley became involved in a short term feud with the criminal nicknamed the ‘Little General’ who was given a severe hiding by a cage fighter after an associate of ‘the Viper’ blamed him for damaging a car.

Just hours after ‘Little General’ Glen Keegan was given a bad beating, a gang of thugs were involved in a reckless attack on Foley’s home at Cashel Avenue, Crumlin.

Foley came to prominence in the 1980’s when he was a member of the gang which was led by slain mobster Martin ‘The General’ Cahill and as a spokesman for a gang which clashed with the Concerned Parents antidrug movement.

He was kidnapped by the IRA in 1984 but was freed after a shoot-out between the terrorists and gardai in Phoenix Park.

Foley's life has been under threat since the late 1980’s with different criminal enterprises intent on murdering him.

In the last major attack on his life, he was shot numerous times in broad daylight in Dublin in January 2008 by the Kinahan cartel.

Although the attacker escaped in a white Ford van, Foley whispered his name to the first garda who arrived on the scene. The white van was later discovered at Wainsford Road, Terenure.

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