John Gilligan in secret meeting after begging Kinahan mob to let him come back to Ireland
Pint-sized criminal John Gilligan had a secret meeting with his former associate Troy Jordan soon after coming back to Ireland.
The veteran gangster also made contact with the Kinahan cartel to ask permission to return to Dublin.
Gilligan had been forced to flee the UK in fear of his life.
The sixty-four-year-old had become involved in a feud with a dangerous Birmingham-based Traveller family after "running his mouth off".
Just two days after returning to the capital, the convicted drug-trafficker travelled to Dundalk for a meeting with his once close friend Jordan (46) and three criminals from Northern Ireland.
The five men were closely watched by gardai at a service station cafe in the border county, with Gilligan and Jordan speaking with each other at length.
The three men accompanying Jordan are believed to have been criminals from Belfast and Newry.
Jordan left in the same vehicle as Gilligan, with the pair being briefly stopped by gardai.
Members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU) have been keeping a close eye on Gilligan since his return to Ireland.
Despite having a strong criminal pedigree, Troy Jordan has managed to avoid incurring any major convictions to date.
His business connections over the years have included Martin 'The Viper' Foley and Geraldine Gilligan, John's wife.
Along with Foley, Jordan helped to set up Viper Debt Recovery and Repossession Services in 2005. He resigned as a director in June 2010.
During her legal battle with CAB over the Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in Kildare, Geraldine Gilligan told the High Court in 2008 that her only income was €5,000 a year she received from Jordan "for grass".
Meanwhile, it is believed that Gilligan contacted crime boss Daniel Kinahan through a third-party before he decided to travel back to Ireland.
A hitman gardai believe has been used by the Kinahan Cartel is also the chief suspect in the botched assassination attempt on Gilligan in west Dublin over two years ago.
The gunman fired six shots into the gangland target at his brother's house in Clondalkin, in March 2013.
It is believed the same individual previously tried to target Gilligan at the Halfway House pub in Ashtown, Co Dublin.
He is also suspected of being one of the four men who gunned down Eddie Hutch (59) in February as part of an ongoing feud.
It has been reported that Gilligan "begged" for permission from the Kinahan cartel to return to Ireland.
"He contacted Daniel Kinahan through an intermediary and asked for permission to come back," a source told the Sunday World.