Monday 23 October 2017

Gilligan and family to be kicked out of homes after losing 21-year court fight

Drug dealer John Gilligan
Drug dealer John Gilligan

Tim Healy

Convicted drug dealer John Gilligan and members of his family have been given three months by the Supreme Court to leave their homes before CAB moves to sell or lease them.

The court also granted the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) its costs against John Gilligan, his former wife Geraldine and son Darren of the appeals brought before the Supreme Court by them. Costs were not awarded against Tracey Gilligan, a daughter of the couple.

Because all the Gilligans were on legal aid for the appeals, the substantial costs of those will be funded by the State.

The court's final orders represent the end of the Gilligans' 21-year legal battle in the courts over the two houses and three other properties.

The orders were made yesterday after the Supreme Court last month dismissed the Gilligans' appeals over proceeds of crime orders made in relation to some of their assets.

The Gilligans had claimed they did not receive a proper trial when assets were frozen by the State in 1996.

The property included an equestrian centre at Jessbrook, Enfield, Co Meath, which John Gilligan bought and developed before he spent 17 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Other properties owned by Geraldine Gilligan and children Tracey and Darren Gilligan were also found to be the proceeds of crime. The properties were two houses in Lucan, one belonging to Tracey, and the house in Blanchardstown belonging to Darren.

Geraldine Gilligan and Tracey, a mother of two, had sought to be allowed to stay a further two years in Jessbrook. John Gilligan and Darren sought a two-year stay in relation to a house at Corduff, Blanchardstown, owned by Darren.

Their lawyers indicated their clients needed time to pursue social housing applications.

Counsel for Darren and Tracey Gilligan said Darren (41) was on disability benefit while Tracey was a lone parent with two children.

There was no evidence of any criminality on the part of Tracey and the High Court had found a 20pc interest of hers in a property in Lucan did not represent proceeds of crime, the court was told.

Counsel for John and Geraldine Gilligan, while accepting the domestic litigation could go no further, said his clients were considering a possible appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Irish Independent

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