Family of Veronica Guerin disgusted by gangster Gilligan's claim he 'often prays' for her
The family of murdered journalist Veronica Guerin (pictured inset) have spoken of their disgust after gangster John Gilligan said he prays for her.
Gilligan - who spent 17 years behind bars for drug trafficking, and who has had two attempts on his life - told the Irish Independent he "often prays for Veronica".
He made the claim just before he lost his appeal against the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) from seizing his last three remaining homes in Ireland.
But reacting to Gilligan's words, Veronica's brother Jimmy Guerin was disgusted.
"Gilligan's comments are another display of the total contempt he has for Veronica, her family and for everything that has happened since her killing," he said.
"I have deeper thoughts and comments on this prayer claim of his also, but they are not suitable for print," Mr Guerin added.
He also said Gilligan was "an immoral individual" who killed Veronica, not to stop her writing, but to halt an assault case she brought against him which would expose his crime empire. Asked for his reaction to Gilligan losing his appeal and his loss of his three remaining homes, Mr Guerin said it would be a shallow victory if there was a delay in the CAB seizing the houses and selling them.
"I appreciate that there is due process in these matters, and that it will take time, but it will be a shallow victory until these properties are seized," he said.
"It has taken more than 20 years to get this far and it's time it ended now."