John Gilligan’s attempt to halt the sale of his equestrian centre Jessbrook has failed, it is being reported.
The drug trafficker, who was the leader of the gang that killed journalist Veronica Guerin, had spent 17 years behind bars for his drugs smuggling but was released last week.
The convicted drugs baron has been regularly spotted at the Four Courts following his release from Portlaoise Prison.
He recently filed a High Court notice to deter buyers of Jessbrook.
However, it is being reported this morning that the sale of Jessbrook is due to go through within days.
According to a report in The Star today, the sale for the equestrian centre could be agreed as early as next week, with a buyer expected to pay around €500k for the equestrian centre.
Gilligan was spotted at the Four Courts yesterday. Witnesses said he looked smart in a business suit and drew many glances from lawyers.
"He was outside the Law Library and seemed to be in good form. It was the first time a lot of people had seen him without handcuffs around the courts," said one person who spotted him.
"People left him to his own devices. It was early, around 9.30am, and people were surprised to see him," another said.
The Criminal Assets Bureau's (CAB) seizure of the property was completed last year after a 17-year court battle with Gilligan. Jessbrook, valued at €5m during the boom years, was put on the market by the State for €500,000 just last month