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Thursday 14 December 2017

Gilligan leaves Jessbrook for rural hideout - just weeks before property will be seized by CAB

John Gilligan removing gate at Jessbrook
John Gilligan removing gate at Jessbrook
Tracey Gilligan loads fencing into the new Gilligan 'Bolthole'
Jane Last

Jane Last

John Gilligan, the pint-sized crime boss who ordered the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, is moving to Roscommon - and taking his fence and gate with him.

The convicted drug dealer (64) was spotted preparing to move from his home in Jessbrook, Co Kildare.

The property will be seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) in the coming weeks following a 21-year legal battle that culminated in the Supreme Court ordering Gilligan to surrender it.

The house is next to the former equestrian centre once owned by Gilligan and also seized by CAB.

Earlier this year, Gilligan approached Fingal County Council with a request to be housed, saying he faced homelessness following the court's ruling.

Gilligan has been photographed clearing out his belongings from Jessbrook.

Tracey Gilligan loads fencing into the new Gilligan 'Bolthole'
Tracey Gilligan loads fencing into the new Gilligan 'Bolthole'

Far from being homeless, it appears he and his family have rented a house from an unsuspecting landlord in Co Roscommon.

Gilligan's daughter Tracey was seen at the property, taking delivery of items from Jessbrook.

Pictures of Gilligan at Jessbrook show him removing fencing, which technically belongs to the State.

He was also seen pulling stakes from the ground and removing a gate from the per- imeter.

Tracey was then seen accepting delivery of the same fencing and stakes at the address in Roscommon.

It is not clear why the Gilligans feel they need these items as the house in Roscommon is surrounded by fields and farmland.

Gilligan is believed to have raked in millions during the 1990s when he was flooding the country with drugs.

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

In February, the Supreme Court refused to hear an app-eal by Brian Meehan over the rejection of his claim that his conviction for the murder was a miscarriage of justice.

In a published determination, a three-judge Supreme Court ruled that Meehan (48), from Crumlin, Dublin, had not met the criteria for an appeal to the court.

Meehan sought an appeal against the Court of Appeal's April 2016 judgment rejecting his claim that his conviction was a miscarriage of justice.

He was convicted in 1999 of the murder of Ms Guerin after the Special Criminal Court found he was the driver of a motorcycle that pulled up alongside her car on June 26, 1996.

She died after the pillion passenger shot her.


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