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Crime boss John Gilligan issues bizarre message

‘I won’t talk for one million euro’ – crime boss says ahead of release next week

Published 10/10/2013 | 11:41

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The legal correspondence received by a number of media outlets today
John Gilligan is due for release from Portlaoise Prison on Tuesday after serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking

CRIME boss John Gillian has insisted he won’t be talking upon his release from prison.

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In legal correspondence received by a number of media outlets earlier today, Gilligan said he would not talk for “one million euro”.

It’s not believed that any news organisation has offered Gilligan money for an interview.

However, Gilligan has set out his own terms which he plans to adhere to upon his release from prison early next week.

The letter, which was sent from Joanne Kangley Solicitors of Bailieboro in Co Cavan, states: “As of now, and continuing upon his release, he is engaged in litigation with various authorities in the Republic of Ireland..

“For this, and other reasons, neither he, nor any member of his family, will be speaking to the media concerning any of his plans or intentions with regard to his future, nor any other subject.”

The letter continues to set out Mr Gilligan's bizarre message: “In particular, Mr Gilligan wishes to stress that offers of money or any other reward for media interviews or comments will not sway him from the position set out above.

“Mr Gilligan wishes it to be expressly known that even if each paper, magazine and or television station offered him one million euro, he will not give an interview.”

The letter comes just days after it emerged earlier this week that at least nine potential buyers are taking a close look at Jessbrook equestrian centre, the former centrepiece of a property portfolio owned by the diminutive crime boss.

However, no firm bid has been tabled for the property, which was put up for sale by the Criminal Assets Bureau last month with an asking price of €500,000.

Gilligan, who is in his sixties, is due for release from Portlaoise on Tuesday after serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking.

He was the leader of the gang of criminals who murdered ‘Sunday Independent’ journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.

Gilligan is expected to renew contacts with some former acquaintances here and assess the opportunities for him in this country before determining whether he should emigrate.

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