Gilligan plans to stay here and fight for the return of his assets
GANGSTER John Gilligan is set to stay in Ireland. The convicted drug trafficker has been setting up home for himself close to Jessbrook Equestrian Centre, near Enfield, Co Meath.
It had been widely speculated that he would move to Spain following his release from prison last month – but this seems not to be the case.
Gilligan (61) was back in the Supreme Court this week to continue his appeal over the seizure of the assets, including the equestrian centre.
The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is in the process of selling the 80-acre site, with an asking price of €550,000. Built by Gilligan (61) in the mid-1990s, it was once valued at €5m.
Gilligan, when photographed, was hard at work looking after a small house beside Jessbrook. The crime kingpin, whose gang killed journalist Veronica Guerin, has been seen for much of this week sweeping the leaves from the long private driveway.
The equestrian centre was once valued at €5m but was put on the market by CAB in September with an asking price of €550,000.
This week the Supreme Court gave directions for the exchange of legal papers in an appeal over the seizure of the assets of Gilligan and his family.