Gilligan's brother arrested as car stopped by gardai
Published 30/03/2014 | 02:30
GANGSTER John Gilligan's brother has been arrested after his car was stopped by gardai.
Thomas Gilligan was released pending an analysis of the car and the preparation of a file for the DPP.
He denied last week he was involved in any illegality. He was driving the same Ford Mondeo he used to pick up his brother from Portlaoise Prison last October.
John Gilligan was shot in Thomas's house at Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, on March 1. He booked himself out of James Connolly Hospital in the early hours of St Patrick's Day after his "minder" Stephen 'Dougie' Moran was shot dead the previous evening in Clondalkin.
Thomas Gilligan, a market trader, has not previously come to the attention of gardai in relation to any serious offence.
Last week John and Thomas Gilligan's sisters Lorraine Dunne and Mags Byrne criticised the media for the "mistreatment" of their brother, calling for him to be left alone.
John Gilligan, 61, is at an unknown location in England.
Writing on a Facebook page called 'Let's talk about John Gilligan', Gilligan's sisters posted a message saying: "Yes he challenged the State but he is abandoned yet again. John is a human fighting for his rights."
It added: "17 years is a long time in prison and yet while John spent all those years in prison was this a better place?
"Come on, how many paedophiles are out there walking around to this day and yet journalists still spent time going around to see what path he sweeps?"
Before and again after he was shot, gardai warned John Gilligan that his life was in serious danger. It is believed that he and 'Dougie' Moran, 46, who had links with "dissident" republicans and organised criminals in Limerick, were involved in the exchange of threats with the 30-year-old head of a drugs and crime gang based in the Finglas-Ballymun area.
John Gilligan and, it appears, 'Dougie' Moran were unaware that the gang they were attempting to extort money from was part of the network of gangs in Dublin who are supplied by the main ex-pat Irish drugs cartel in Spain. Senior members of this cartel were forced into exile after the State introduced the criminal assets legislation in response to the murder of Veronica Guerin by John Gilligan's gang.
Gardai learnt that the cartel made it known at the time of his release from prison that anyone who shot John Gilligan would, as one source put it, "be in their good books".