Shot John Gilligan recovers in public ward
Published 04/03/2014 | 02:30
FORMER gangland boss John Gilligan was placed in a public ward with up to six other patients following surgery after an assassination attempt, a hospital chaplain revealed.
The notorious criminal was sleeping in the public ward as armed gardai stood guard, said Fr Dan Joe O'Mahony.
Fr O'Mahony gave him the last rites when Gilligan was brought into Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin on Saturday night.
He was hit in the stomach, hip and leg and a bullet grazed his head.
Gilligan's daughter, Tracey, had driven her father to the house at Greenfort Crescent in Clondalkin, half an hour before the gunmen struck.
She was sitting in a vehicle with a child outside the house when the attack happened.
Gardai think Gilligan may have been targeted because of his efforts to raise money following his release from Portlaoise prison last October, after serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking.
He is also thought to have been putting pressure on gangland figures to make "contributions" to him.
Officers are also comparing descriptions of those involved in the shooting and two men, who called to the wrong pub in an attempt to shoot Gilligan last December, to establish if the two incidents are linked.
Tom Brady and Alan O'Keeffe
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