Opinion

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Gilligan claim for benefits is two fingers to Irish citizens

The State should not be giving help to convicted criminal John Gilligan, writes Jimmy Guerin

ANTI-SOCIAL: Would you like John Gilligan living next door? Picture: Collins
ANTI-SOCIAL: Would you like John Gilligan living next door? Picture: Collins

Jimmy Guerin

The eviction of John Gilligan from Jessbrook in the coming weeks brings to an end a 20-year battle, which has cost the State tens of millions defending the vexatious claims made by Gilligan and his family. It's a long time coming but is a credit to the men and women of the Criminal Assets Bureau who never gave up in their determination to strip this thug of his ill-gotten gains.

Jessbrook is where Gilligan violently assaulted Veronica before he arranged for her to be killed. It was very hard to watch Gilligan return to Jessbrook on his release from prison. I could not believe that this seasoned criminal, killer, bully, woman beater and the country's biggest drug dealer could just walk back into the home he bought from the proceeds of crime.

As we approach the 21st anniversary of Veronica's murder, its satisfying to know that Gilligan and his family will no longer reside in this house and continue to give two fingers to all decent law-abiding people of the State.

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