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Thursday 17 April 2014

John Gilligan’s wife to ask judge for return of dole payment

Geraldine Gilligan
Geraldine Gilligan

THE wife of convicted drug trafficker John Gilligan will today ask a judge to reinstate her unemployment benefit.

Geraldine Gilligan is appealing the decision by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to stop her €186 per week benefit.

It is believed this was stopped earlier this year.

Now Geraldine Gilligan is to ask a judge to reverse the decision.

A hearing on the issue is due to take place at Dundalk Circuit Court later today.

Mrs Gilligan’s court battle comes two months after her husband John Gilligan (61) was released from jail.

The notorious gang boss has since set up home close to Jessbrook Equestrian Centre, near Enfield, Co Meath.

Last month, he was back in the Supreme Court to continue his appeal over the seizure of his assets, including the seizure of the equestrian centre.

CAB is in the process of selling the 80-acre site, with an asking price of €550,000. Built by Gilligan (61) in the mid-1990s, it was once valued at €5m.

Gilligan, whose gang killed journalist Veronica Guerin, has seen the value of his prized property plummet by almost €4.5m.

CAB recently put it on the market for €550,000.

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