Gilligan seen as father of modern organised crime
The man whose gang killed Veronica Guerin led the way for a new criminal generation, writes Jim Cusack
John Gilligan introduced the terrorist "cell" system and Irish crime became "organised" for the first time, gardai have revealed 15 years after his gang murdered Veronica Guerin.
Looking back on the events surrounding the murder of the Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin, gardai say they now regard Gilligan as the founder of modern organised crime in Ireland.
He emerged from Portlaoise Prison in 1993 with ideas picked up from other prisoners who were members of the Irish National Liberation Army.