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Saturday 16 December 2017

Gangster John Gilligan living near pig farm as CAB takes homes

John Gilligan. Photo: Collins Courts
John Gilligan. Photo: Collins Courts
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Criminal John Gilligan has finally handed the keys of two properties to the Criminal Assets Bureau after a battle lasting 20 years.

This includes the bungalow beside the equestrian centre at Jessbrook, Co Kildare, which Gilligan had desperately tried to hold on to.

The Irish Independent has learned the Dublin gangster passed on the keys to the two properties on Sunday night.

The homes had been seized by CAB after Gilligan had fought a number of legal battles to keep hold of them.

A third house that was seized is already in control of CAB and being rented out.

The Jessbrook equestrian centre built by Gilligan has previously been seized and sold.

The Gilligans have been frantically emptying out the secluded bungalow beside Jessbrook in the townland of Mucklon near Enfield, Co Kildare, after losing their Supreme Court appeal to keep it and the two other properties - a house on Corduff Avenue in Blanchardstown and another at Willsbrook View in Lucan.

Gilligan's wife Geraldine and daughter Tracey had been living at the Jessbrook bungalow for more than 30 years, and his son Darren was living in the Blanchardstown house.

The CAB had control of the Lucan house and rented it out, but will now also gain ownership of it since the February ruling of the Supreme Court.

Gilligan later asked the Supreme Court for a two-year stay on the seizure order, claiming he has no income and would be left homeless.

The 65-year-old said he was engaging with local authorities to try to get accommodation.

But the court only granted him a three-month stay, which means he has to vacate the properties by June 6.

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 spent 17 years in prison for trafficking and is believed to have ordered the murder of 'Sunday Independent' journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.

Meanwhile, in a bid to avoid homelessness the Gilligans have rented out a house in Roscommon.

It is understood the property is located beside a piggery and the Gilligans have been complaining about the smell to locals.

"It seems they came here in a bit of a hurry knowing the deadline to give back their properties was looming, but they only got the waft from the pig slurry after they did the deal and started moving in," a local source revealed.

"We're told they think they smell is obnoxious, but the locals are used to farmyard smells here." Gilligan recently wrote online that he has attempted to access Jobseeker's Allowance.

Irish Independent

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