Wednesday 20 September 2017

Several of Gilligan's gang went to kail, but only one was convicted of the murder of Veronica Guerin

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Those who served time in prison arising from the murder of Veronica Guerin: John Gilligan, 60, is due for release in August, having been in prison since 1997. He was acquitted of murder but sentenced to 28 years for importation of drugs, reduced to 20 years. Gilligan has mounted a series of unsuccessful appeals against his imprisonment. He would have been free by now had he not received further consecutive sentences for various offences in prison, including threatening to kill a prison officer.

Gilligan's associate and advisor, John Traynor, 65, left Ireland the evening Veronica Guerin was murdered and lived between Amsterdam and Spain. Traynor was a garda informant and had assisted with investigations prior to Veronica's murder. In 2010 he was extradited to Britain for possessing millions of pounds worth of stolen bank bonds. He completed his sentence in an open prison in Kent and last month spoke to the Sunday World newspaper, again repeating his denials that he passed the information about Veronica's court appearance to John Gilligan.

Brian Meehan, 47, remains the only person serving life imprisonment for the murder of Veronica Guerin. He was sentenced to life along with concurrent terms of up to 20 years for drugs and firearms offences. He lost his final appeal in 2006 and has no release date.

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