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cab battle Widow of murdered 'Fat' Andy Connors opens unofficial halting site and rents out 'chalets' for €1,500 a month

2.5 million tax bill goes unpaid as Ranch is developed without any planning permission

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An aerial view of the land prepared for caravans at The Ranch, home of Ann Connors and her late husband of 'Fat' Andy Connors

An aerial view of the land prepared for caravans at The Ranch, home of Ann Connors and her late husband of 'Fat' Andy Connors

An aerial view of the land prepared for caravans at The Ranch, home of Ann Connors and her late husband of 'Fat' Andy Connors

This is the extraordinary bird’s-eye view of lands around the home of the widow of murdered ‘Fat’ Andy Connors.

Ann Connors has a €2.5 million tax bill against her and CAB has judgement mortgages on several properties, including the site and large bungalow at the centre of lands at Boherboy in Saggart.

But instead of worrying too much about her troubles, Connors has decided that the only way is up — and out — and she has expanded into lands neighbouring her own, turning them into unofficial halting sites where ‘chalets’ are on offer for €1,500 per month.

The incredible expanse of Connors’ property, known as The Ranch, has involved concreting a large area of a neighbouring site which land registry records show is owned by Boherboy, a Mansfield-family-run company.

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‘Fat Andy’ Connors was shot dead in 2014

‘Fat Andy’ Connors was shot dead in 2014

‘Fat Andy’ Connors was shot dead in 2014

In the run up to his murder, the Sunday World understands that ‘Fat’ Andy was putting pressure on Jim Mansfield Snr’s former estate, claiming he was owed money which he had invested into dodgy dealings carried out by the late millionaire.

After his death it is understood that gangland heavies Troy Jordan and Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley continued to represent Ann Connors’ interests in the alleged debt, which was disputed by heir Jim Mansfield Jnr.

Neighbours in the Saggart area which includes the plush Coldwater Lakes estate — home to multi millionaire visionary Christina Gallagher and businessman Tony Mansfield — have looked on in shock as Connors has turned her lands into a massive Traveller compound complete with caravan bays.

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An aerial view of The Ranch, home of Ann Connors

An aerial view of The Ranch, home of Ann Connors

An aerial view of The Ranch, home of Ann Connors

She has blatantly advertised rentals on the sites for €1,500 a month and offers yards to rent ‘including toilets’.

Horses, many injured and dying, have also been discovered on adjacent lands and had to be removed by animal welfare officers. Photos show how ponies lie dead in sodden earth.

At the back of the property rubbish is piled high in mounds while faeces and toilet paper scatter all around the perimeter of the site which stretches all the way down to the Coldwater Lakes Estate.

Ongoing complaints have been made to South Dublin County Council in relation to planning offences, littering and dumping and the installation of sewage pipes but sources say that the problem is just getting bigger all the time.

“This is another Dunsink waiting to happen,” a source said. “It is an absolute disgrace that this can happen. There was one point over the summer that there were about 20 caravans there all piled in and more at the back. It seems like those in authority are afraid to do anything about it.”

‘Fat’ Andy was part of a large burglary gang that terrorised the country for years, robbing elderly people in their homes and often using horrendous violence against them.

For nearly two decades the CAB has tried to target the Connors but still there has been no conclusion to a tax case taken against them.

‘Fat’ Andy was shot dead in 2014 by an unknown gunman and in the aftermath of his murder the CAB moved against several properties owned by his wife. They include a five-bedroom mansion with an indoor swimming pool once valued at €3 million but left vacant on the Blessington Road, houses in Tallaght and the land and property known as The Ranch.

In total, the judgment mortgages have been registered against nine linked to the widow, including farmland. Sources say that CAB made a mistake when they took a tax case against Connors and not a Proceeds of Crime one which are easier to conclude.

The judgements mean any proceeds from the widow’s interest in the properties would go to the CAB should the properties be sold, but she has made no attempts to do so and instead has continued to expand and develop the compound without planning permission.

At the centre of the compound stands The Ranch, where the family was watching The Rose of Tralee when a masked gunman came to the door and shot ‘Fat’ Andy.

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An aerial view of the land prepared for caravans at The Ranch.

An aerial view of the land prepared for caravans at The Ranch.

An aerial view of the land prepared for caravans at The Ranch.

The house is only used by the family for special occasions and recently they gathered there for the wedding of daughter Mary.

Ann often uses the house to display collections of Royal Crown Derby dinnerware or Waterford Crystal, which she sells in bulk.

The brazen widow even advertises her rentals as ‘holiday chalets’ and offers pitch sites for caravans on the Mansfield-linked lands. ‘Fat Andy’ Connors was considered the mastermind behind the 200-strong burglary gang and grew rich on the spoils.

He made a €150,000 settlement with the Criminal Assets Bureau in 2004, but never lost any of the properties or sites he amassed in the Saggart and Tallaght areas.

At his funeral, his remains were brought to the church in a goldplated coffin, which was imported from England.

His family erected a massive headstone on his grave in Gorey and marked it ‘Big Fat Rich Andy Connors.’

It is understood he was buried with a Rolex watch on his wrist.

Late last year gardaí, investigating the activities of an organised crime gang, raided The Ranch and arrested three people, including Ann Connors.

During the raid cars, a designer watch and a crossbow were seized along with cash and caravans.

Ann Connors was not charged with any criminal offence.

In recent years Ann has told a court that she is surviving on social welfare payments

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