Sunday 21 January 2018

John Gilligan has signed on for Jobseekers Allowance: 'I've every intention of going straight'

Drug dealer John Gilligan
Drug dealer John Gilligan

Kathy Armstrong

Convicted drug dealer John Gilligan has revealed he has signed on for Jobseeker's Allowance and has "every intention of going straight" in a bizarre Facebook post.

Gilligan and his family lost their 21-year legal battle in March to hold onto their homes and they will now be either sold or leased by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and they have until next Tuesday to leave the properties.

He alleged that he has received a letter from CAB recently asking him if he expected anyone to give him money when he left prison in 2013.

In a lengthy Facebook post Gilligan vented: "Recently I have applied for Job-Seekers allowance, as the government had stripped me of everything, including my home, my family’s homes and everything I had. I had and still do have every intention of going straight."

Read More: Gilligan claim for benefits is two fingers to Irish citizens

Gilligan regularly posts on his Facebook page and admitted he enjoys the attention from it.

He said: "Thank you to all the people who have liked the page and listened and commented etc, each and every comment has been read and enjoyed."

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

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