Wednesday 18 January 2017

Twenty years on, it seems like Veronica died in vain

Ruthless criminal gangs continue to dictate how lives are lived and lost in Ireland's communities

Jimmy Guerin

Published 12/06/2016 | 02:30

He should still be in jail: John Gilligan, the gangster who ordered the murder of Veronica Guerin, at the Four Courts in Dublin last week
He should still be in jail: John Gilligan, the gangster who ordered the murder of Veronica Guerin, at the Four Courts in Dublin last week

Ireland has changed for the worse since Veronica was brutally assassinated in June 1996 on the orders of pint-sized gangster John Gilligan.

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Twenty years on, her family still have to watch as he avails of millions of euro in free legal aid and continually mounts vexatious challenges to decisions that went against him in favour of the Criminal Assets Bureau.

In my view, Gilligan should be in jail. We are at least owed that.

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