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Best-selling book Crime World Episode 43 - The Witness - the story of Joey 'The Lips' O'Callaghan

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Nicola Tallant chats to Irish Independent crime correspondent Ken Foy about the burglary gang that terrorised Ireland

Nicola Tallant chats to Irish Independent crime correspondent Ken Foy about the burglary gang that terrorised Ireland

Nicola Tallant chats to Irish Independent crime correspondent Ken Foy about the burglary gang that terrorised Ireland

State witness Joseph O’Callaghan gave up his name and his old life when he gave evidence against gangland killers Brian Kenny and Thomas Hinchon.

Following their conviction for the murder of Jonathan O’Reilly, he was given a new identity by An Garda Siochana and moved away never to be heard from again.

Dubbed a ‘rat’ after breaking the sacred underworld code of ‘Omerta’ Joey 'The Lips' and his family were spurned by those who once knew him and considered a common criminal who’d saved his own skin.

But the truth couldn’t have been further from the perception and today what really happened to Joey is told in a bestselling book The Witness and in a podcast The Witness In His Own Words which has stormed the charts. So what has it been like for Joey to finally have his story heard and how does he feel about Kenny’s imminent release.

Crime Word Podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud.


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