Gilligan facing bleak Christmas in solitary
Drug-trafficking boss John Gilligan is hoping for a Christmas gift from the governor of the jail where he is completing a 20-year jail term.
Gilligan (60) is due to spend the festive season on his own in a punishment cell at the top-security Portlaoise prison. He is currently serving a 56-day sentence in the segregation unit after being caught drinking home-made alcohol in his cell.
The gangland boss is not due to be released back into the wing where he has spent most of his prison life until December 29.
While being held in solitary on the A block he is denied a series of privileges including watching TV and making phone calls but he can receive visits from family members.
Prison officials confirmed yesterday that Gilligan had been caught drinking "hooch".
Gilligan was alleged by gardai to have been the leader of the gang responsible for the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.