Saturday 20 January 2018

The unravelling of John Gilligan's grandiose plan to live like a lord

Despite all the scheming, Gilligan's land and property empire has been taken from him now by the courts, writes Conor Feehan

John Gilligan. Photo: Collins
John Gilligan. Photo: Collins
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Convicted drug dealer John Gilligan and his family spent 20 years fighting through the courts trying to hold on to property amassed from his criminal activities.

But last Wednesday they finally lost a Supreme Court appeal over proceeds of crime orders.

The five-judge court said the Gilligans had not established a previous Supreme Court decision of 2008 came within the necessary rare or exceptional circumstance in which a final judgment may be set aside.

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