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Saturday 25 November 2017

For sale: Criminal Gilligan's bungalow goes on the market for €120k

John Gilligan cutting trees at his home on the Jessbrook Complex. Photo: Sunday World
John Gilligan cutting trees at his home on the Jessbrook Complex. Photo: Sunday World
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

The final lot in the property portfolio built up by former gangland boss John Gilligan on the Kildare-Meath border has hit the market with a price tag of €120,000.

Gilligan's dreams of becoming a country squire were shattered after his ill-gotten gains from years of drug trafficking were seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

In June, the Supreme Court rejected the thug's final attempt to hold onto the remaining houses in his portfolio, including a bungalow beside the Jessbrook equestrian centre at Mucklon, Enfield.

The equestrian centre, built by Gilligan, had already been seized and sold off by the bureau.

Fiachra McGrath, of Lucan auctioneers REA McDonald, said it had received instructions from the CAB to put the bungalow on the market this week.

The detached property is on 5.6 acres and has a conservative guide price of €120,000.

It has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and oil-fired central heating and, according to Mr McGrath, it offers "extensive views of rural landscape".

The property is expected to attract a lot of interest for viewing from potential buyers and sightseers, as the sale marks the end of a 20-year battle by Gilligan in the courts to prevent the bureau from seizing the assets.

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The bungalow is currently the property of Finance and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe, and the proceeds of the sale will be deposited in State coffers.

The listing includes details including the fact that the property has:

has oil fired central heating, a tree lined entrance and an intruder alarm.

It is located approx. 8km from Enfield Train Station according to the advert.

"Located on c. 5.6 acres, the property enjoys a private setting with extensive views of rural landscape yet it is within easy access of the M4 road and convenient to Johnstownbridge and Enfield," the listing adds.

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"Other local amenities include Knockanally Golf Club, Emerald International Equestrian Centre and Johnstownbridge GAA Club."

Another house seized from Gilligan, at Corduff, Blanchardstown, is expected to be sold to Dublin County Council, while a third house in Lucan, also under the control of the CAB, is currently being let to tenants.

Gilligan's wife, Geraldine, and daughter, Tracey, had lived at the Jessbrook bungalow, while his son, Darren, lived in the Blanchardstown house.

After the initial Supreme Court rejection in February, Gilligan asked for a two-year stay on the confiscation order, claiming he had no income and would be left homeless.

The 65-year-old said he was engaging with local authorities in an attempt to secure accommodation.

However, the court only granted him a three-month stay, which means he had to vacate the properties by early June.

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Gilligan, who served 17 years for drug trafficking, has been hiding out at the Jessbrook house, as well as addresses in the UK, following two attempts to murder him since he was released from jail in 2013.

He served his jail sentence at Portlaoise prison and is believed to have been the leader of the gang responsible for the murder of Sunday Independent investigative journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.

All images courtesy of REA  McDonald

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