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garda arrest Widow of 'Fat' Andy Connors is one of three targeted in multi-agency raid


Ann Connors

Ann Connors

Kevin Mc Nulty

Ann Connors

The widow of murdered traveller 'Fat' Andy Connors was one of three people arrested and later released by gardaí during a raid on the family's land in north Dublin yesterday.

Officers from the detective unit at Tallaght garda station investigating activities relating to an organised crime gang, spearheaded a multi-agency raid on the Connors' property at Boherboy Road, Saggart, Co. Dublin.

The detective unit was backed up by colleagues from the Emergency Response Unit, Criminal Assets Bureau, Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.

During the raid, gardaí said they seized two cars, a Breitling watch and a crossbow. In a statement issued afterwards, gardai added: "A number of other vehicles and goods seized in earlier searches as part of this investigation include: €3,800 in cash, six cars and three caravans.

"Three people have been arrested today, two women aged in their 40s and 20s and a man in his 20s.

"They have been released and a file will now be prepared for the DPP."

The search and arrests yesterday follow on from a previous operation in January 2020 in which three people were also arrested.

In an interview with the Sunday World last year, Ann Connors claimed that neither she nor slain husband Andy, who was buried wearing a €40,000 Rolex on his wrist in a gold-plated coffin, had any involvement in crime.

In the only newspaper interview she had given since 'Fat' Andy was shot five times and died in her arms at their home in August 2014, Ann insisted she is not involved in any gangland or burglary-related crime.

She also told us she makes her living selling Royal Crown Derby tableware.

"My husband was a horse-dealer and a car-dealer ... he wasn't involved in gangland crime," she claimed.

Asked why, if this was the case, CAB obtained a €2.5 million judgement against her in the wake of Andy's murder, Ann claimed: "That was nothing to do with crime...that was a tax-bill."

Sunday World