A WORKER had to be airlifted to hospital following an on-site accident at the equestrian centre formerly owned by convicted criminal John Gilligan.
The incident happened while work was being undertaken at the Jessbrook Equestrian Centre, near Johnstownbridge, Co Kildare.
The property, now owned by the State, was seized from Gilligan by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
Last November the Supreme Court finally gave the go-ahead for the asset to be sold. It was handed over to Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and passed on to the Office of Public Works to finalise the appointment of an auctioneer and a date for sale.
The workman, who was involved in construction on the site, was injured when he was struck by the bucket of a JCB and fell into a hole. He was airlifted from the scene and his condition was last night said to be stable.
A spokesman confirmed that gardai were aware of the incident but said that it was not under investigation by them.
It's understood that the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified and will conduct an investigation.