Gilligan planning to hide out in Amsterdam
Fleeing gangster John Gilligan is planning to make his way to Amsterdam, where he will hide out from his underworld rivals who have ordered his murder.
The former drugs boss told gardai "I have to get out of here" as he demanded to be taken from James Connolly Memorial Hospital, where he was recovering from a murder attempt, to an early-morning ferry for the UK.
Gilligan, who is in a wheelchair after his leg was shattered when he was shot four times on March 1, refused to tell detectives of his next move as he boarded the 2.15am boat to Holyhead yesterday.
The frail 62-year-old is believed to have travelled to Birmingham, where he has some relatives.
Sources say Gilligan finally accepted that he was in real danger after his 'minder' Stephen 'Dougie' Moran was murdered in a gun attack on Saturday.