Friday 15 December 2017

Court refused access to financial accounts in Geraldine Gilligan case

Geraldine Gilligan
Geraldine Gilligan
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THE financial accounts for a bar operated by Geraldine Gilligan's daughter will not be made available to a court which is hearing an appeal against the State's decision to refuse the gangster's separated wife social welfare payments.

At a previous hearing, Judge James O’Donohoe requested accounts for The Jury's Out pub in Alicante, operated by Tracey Gilligan.

But counsel for gangster John Gilligan's former wife Geraldine told Dundalk District Court today that access to the accounts had been requested, but refused.

The court was informed of a Supreme Court affidavit from June in which it was claimed that Tracey received just €200 from the pub a week.

"Geraldine Gilligan does not earn a living from Tracey's bar. Geraldine Gilligan does not own Tracey Gilligan's bar," her counsel said.

"I can't give you the accounts for the bar. They have been refused, they have been consistently refused," she added.

The case has been adjourned until closing arguments later this evening.

A previous hearing was told by an unidentified Criminal Assets Bureau officer that it was her decision to refuse the applications for social welfare on the basis of non-disclosure of information.

"I was unable to fully determine her means and because this is taxpayers’ money we require verification when a claim for a social welfare payment is made,” she said.

The officer also said it was unclear if Ms. Gilligan received any income from a pub in Alicante, operated by her daughter Tracey.

Ms. Gilligan was also nominated on a Deed of Power of Attorney, which effectively gives her control of her daughter’s assets in the event of Tracey’s death.

Since then, Ms. Gilligan has been receiving an emergency allowance of €186, granted by a HSE Community Welfare Officer, which is being paid until the outcome of the appeal is known.

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