ONE of Ireland's most notorious thugs has taken a vow of silence about his life of crime.
And he has warned that he will not change his mind even if he is offered a €1m.
John Gilligan is due to be released from Portlaoise jail on Tuesday after completing a sentence for importing cannabis resin and possession of drugs for sale and supply.
In advance of his release, his solicitor Joanne Kangley, from Bailieboro, Co Cavan, has notified several media outlets that he will not be granting any interviews.
Ms Kangley wrote: "As of now, and continuing upon his release, he (Gilligan) is engaged in litigation with various authorities.
"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."
Ms Kangley added: "In particular, Mr Gilligan wishes to stress that offers of money or any other reward for interviews or comments will not sway him.
"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," she wrote.
Despite the advice, it is expected there will be a media scrum as Gilligan emerges from the prison as a free man for the first time since 2001.
It is not yet clear where he intends to live. Earlier this year, he secured a new passport.
However, it is thought more likely that he will initially opt to live close to Dublin. Gilligan is expected to contact former acquaintances here and assess opportunities.
The authorities are obliged to release him some time between midnight on Monday and midnight on Tuesday.
But, as a result of the huge media interest in his release, he could be set free a few hours earlier on Monday night.