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Saturday 21 July 2018

Gangster Gilligan moving between safe houses as detectives keep watch

John Gilligan in Dublin
John Gilligan in Dublin
John Gilligan seen in Lucan

Ken Foy and Wayne O'Connor

Gangland target John Gilligan has been moving between a number of safe houses since returning to Ireland.

The ageing criminal was pictured by the Herald outside a Lucan pub this week.

It is believed Gilligan (64) was celebrating the birthday of a deceased relative with a number of friends and family.

Members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU) have been keeping close surveillance on the pint-sized criminal since his return.

At least three undercover garda vehicles were in the vicinity of the west Dublin premises.

It is the second time Gilligan has returned to Ireland since fleeing in fear of his life in 2014.

He previously returned to Dublin in March of last year, and stayed in the capital for a number of days before returning to his UK bolthole.

Gilligan fled to Ireland from the British city of Birmingham this week in fear of his life.

It is believed he had become involved in a dispute with a Traveller gang.

After being pictured in the Lucan premises on Thursday afternoon, he was driven to an address in Clondalkin along with members of his family, where he partied until the early hours of the morning. Relatives did not wish to comment when approached at the home last night.

Senior sources previously told the Herald that his return was a surprise to gardai.

"He has been sighted in the city centre and west Dublin over the last number of days, but it is a surprise to say the least to see him return.

"There have been attempts to kill Gilligan, and detectives will be keeping a close watch on him as long as he stays in the country," the source said.

"However, the fact that he is walking around carefree and without protection would indicate that he feels perfectly safe," the source added.

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