Dissident on dole under pressure from chiefs to explain thousands in account
PROMINENT dissident Fernando Murphy is under deep suspicion after it emerged he has tens of thousands of pounds stashed in secret bank account.
The Sunday World can reveal the unemployed Ardoyne man is being scrutinised within republican circles as to how he came about the substantial sum of cash. Banking documentation seen by this newspaper proves that more than £41,000 has passed through the accounts of a business owned by Murphy.
When contacted by the Sunday World in Birmingham where he was attending a peace conference, Murphy refused to discuss his £41,000 windfall but we can reveal he exposed his secret coffers himself after becoming involved in a drunken row in a public bar with a friend he owed money to. He sent social messages detailing his banking details that were soon passed among the dissidents in the north of the city.
At first glance the 40-year-old appears to live a modest lifestyle, sharing a Housing Executive home with his elderly parents in north Belfast. But a closer look at his finances shows numerous company directorships and £41,000 being paid by one of his firms, Forbes Motors Ltd, to another business.
Until recently convicted rioter Murphy worked for the ONH Óglaigh na hÉireann-linked Conflict Resolution Services Ireland (Ltd), mediating on behalf of those threatened by the terror gang. Last June he warned north Belfast man Emmanuel Murphy (no relation) that he was being targeted by ONH. Days later the popular 35-year-old was shot by ONH having wrongly been labelled a drug dealer.
Fernando Murphy lost his job with Conflict Resolution Services Ireland (CRSI) before Christmas after being convicted at Antrim Magistrates Court of harassing an ex-partner. He admitted bombarding the woman with calls, messages and setting up fake social media accounts which he used to publish intimate photographs of her online.
But being jobless seems to have had little impact on Murphy’s finances, with the criminal spending the past number of months setting up even more companies. These include Edendale Sales Ltd and Westside Wholesale Ltd, which are both registered to an address at Duneden Park in Ardoyne. Murphy is also the director of two other firms, A1 Civil Engineering and Utilties Ltd and GB Vehicles Hire and Sales Ltd, which are registered to a semi-detached house at Charnwood Avenue on the outskirts of Manchester. The dissident republican’s Forbs Motors Ltd, which had more than £41,000 in the bank at one stage, was dissolved in 2017 having never filed accounts
Financial documents seen by this newspaper also show how Murphy used the Forbes Motors Ltd debit card to go drinking and gambling. Hundreds of pounds were spent at the (Star) Crumlin Star social club in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast, at a nearby Sean Graham bookmakers, the Balmoral and Landsdowne hotels in the city and the upmarket Mumbai 27 restaurant. According to Companies House documents Murphy claimed that he also worked as a ‘mechenic’ (sic) for Forbes Motors Ltd, despite never owning a driving licence.
Sources who provided this newspaper with the documents expressed astonishment that the dissident, considered a Walter Mitty-style character, had access to so much cash. “These documents certainly raise questions about Fernando Murphy’s lifestyle, and why over the past two years he has registered five different businesses with Companies House.” Murphy is a well-known figure in Belfast and has been filmed taking part in dissident republican parades through the city centre.
He only got involved in politics in recent years, having spent most of his life employed as a youth worker in his native Ardoyne. Murphy was jailed for two years in 2006 for taking part in a riot during which he attacked British soldiers with a hammer. His time in Maghaberry Prison was spent on the wings with regular criminals, rather than the segregated republian Roe House.
It is only in recent times that Murphy has forged links with dissidents including Thomas ‘Ta’ Cosgrove, (pictured above), a senior member of ONH’s in the Ardoyne area who he was pictured with last year. Sources in Ardoyne say that he has been laying low since his conviction last November for harassing an ex-partner.
Mrrphy was given a four-month prison sentence suspened for three years for subjecting the woman to a tidal wave of abuse. District Judge Peter King told him: “If there’s anything you take away from today it has to be the fact that she wants absolutely nothing to do with you because it’s clear from her statement that your presence in her life is anything but benign and is causing her signifcant anxiety and angst. “If you are back in front of me for any offence pertaining to this lady I will have absolutely no hesitation in activating the four months in its entirety in addition to any other sentence.”
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