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Gangster Gilligan refuses to answer gardai's questions


John Gilligan. Photo: Doug O'Connor

John Gilligan. Photo: Doug O'Connor

John Gilligan. Photo: Doug O'Connor

BOTCHED assassination survivor John Gilligan refused to cooperate with gardai when they tried to ask him questions in hospital yesterday.

Former crimelord Gilligan (61) refused to speak to detectives when they visited him in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, where he was recovering only hours after having a minor surgical procedure.

It was the third time Gilligan had been operated on since being admitted to the hospital, but it is understood that he will not need a colostomy bag – as had been speculated – despite being shot in the stomach.

A source told the Herald: "It should be no surprise to anyone that Gilligan is not cooperating with gardai – he's still his typical cocky himself.


"He refused to answer anything the gardai asked him – but this is usual behaviour from him."

Gilligan is expected to be released from hospital in the coming days. The garda security presence has been down-graded by the day.

Earlier this week, it emerged that Gilligan's innocent little granddaughter has been left "extremely traumatised" after she witnessed the gunmen storming into his brother's west Dublin home in last weekend's botched murder attempt.

Sources have revealed that the eight-year-old girl watched in horror as she sat in a car with her mother, Tracey Gilligan – the mobster's only daughter – as masked gunmen stormed the house at Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, and shot Gilligan four times.

It has emerged that Tracey had dropped Gilligan at his brother Thomas's house only 30 minutes earlier after a family christening in a nearby pub and was waiting for the criminal to come back out of the property.

No arrests have yet been made in the case, and no houses have been raided as detectives still try to establish exactly who shot the ex-gangster.

Gilligan was only released in October from a 17-year sentence for drugs offences that he was serving at Ireland's highest security jail in Portlaoise.

He is being treated on a ward with six other patients after being shot four times in the hip, leg, chest and face in the gun attack.

Gardai say that he has dozens of underworld enemies, but the most likely suspects for ordering and carrying out the murder attempt are exiled gangster Christy Kinahan and his sidekicks.

Officers have still not established if last weekend's gunman who failed to kill Gilligan is the same bungling north Dublin criminal who had previously tried to shoot him dead in Castleknock in December, but went to the wrong pub.