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Saturday 1 October 2016

Broadcaster Joe Duffy: 'I knew John Gilligan and he disgusts me'

Paul Williams

Published 14/06/2016 | 06:26

Paul Williams meets Joe Duffy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Paul Williams meets Joe Duffy. Photo: Tony Gavin

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is "disgusted" by criminal John Gilligan, whom he knew from his native Ballyfermot.

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Twenty years on from the murder of Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin he says he is still shocked by the shooting.

"I knew Veronica, I just thought she was so brave, so decent, coming from relatively humble beginnings, a worker and like the rest of the country, I was deeply shocked," said Joe.

"For her to be assassinated like that was beyond belief - and the fact that John Gilligan is from Ballyfermot disgusted me to the core."

Reflecting on the current gangland feud that has seen seven people lose their lives since September, the Liveline host says criminals like Gilligan made a choice to enter a life of crime.

"I knew him from Ballyfermot and I don't hold with this argument that deprivation means that somehow robbing is justified.

"People who go near crime, and the likes of Gilligan, they make a choice. These guys will not study 12 hours a day to get into Trinity or wherever, they take the easy option. They make choices," he added.

Following Veronica's murder, it was Joe's idea to have flowers put on the gates of the Dail in her memory.

He tells more in his conversation with Paul Williams for the Paul Williams Podcast. Listen below

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