Holey Foley ..They Just Can't Kill Him; EXCLUSIVE GANGSTER SURVIVES FIFTH HIT

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Holey Foley ..They Just Can't Kill Him; EXCLUSIVE GANGSTER SURVIVES FIFTH HIT


Byline: By STEPHEN MAGUIRE & NICK O'DONOGHUE

GANGSTER Martin "The Viper" Foley was recovering from emergency surgery in hospital last night after he survived FIVE gunshots in the FOURTH attempt on his life.

Amazingly, the 55-year-old fitness fanatic WALKED away from his bullet-ridden car before he was rushed to hospital.

Foley recognised his would-be killer and managed to name him to Gardai before losing consciousness.

He was recovering from emergency treatment last night at St James's Hospital, Dublin.

His condition had been described as "critical" after the assassination attempt.

But by 9pm last night it was claimed doctors were happy he would survive the murder attempt.

A Garda source said: "His injuries did not seem life threatening but his condition badly deteriorated.

Obviously the surgery saved his life."

Foley was targeted after he left a fitness club near his home shortly after 3pm yesterday.

A lone gunman approached Foley as he sat in his Audi A4 in the Carlisle Gym car park in Kimmage, south Dublin, and fired three bullets through the windscreen and another two through the driver's side window.

Foley was hit three times in the upper body and twice in the legs. One report claimed one of the bullets hit him in the head.

But the gangster - dubbed "Holey Foley" because of the estimated 13 bullet wounds in his body from past hits - survived the latest attack.

And he was even lucid enough when Gardai arrived at the scene to name the man who carried out the murder attempt.

One witness said: "He was helped out of the car but he did walk to get into the ambulance."

After the murder bid the lone gunman is believed to have fled the scene by jumping over a wall and escaping in a waiting getaway car.

As the shots were fired Foley managed to drive from the scene before his car careered across the road into the driveway of a house opposite.

A senior Garda source said Foley was "almost certainly" saved from death by his fitness.

"Most people would have died instantly from something like that. Foley works out every single day in the gym. It saved him from being killed. He's like a cat with nine lives," he said.

A getaway car believed to have been used by the gunman was later found burned out in nearby Bushy Park. The would-be assassin, believed to be a high-ranking member of a Crumlin cocaine gang, was spotted jumping over a wall at St Anne's Park.

Before this latest attack the underworld crime boss had been hit 11 times by gunfire during three previous attempts on his life. …

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