THE latest attempt on John Gilligan's life was no surprise. He has been a marked man since leaving prison, and he tried to laugh off the previous botched hit.
This time around, there is no denying that he was the target.
Gilligan might have thought his reputation would protect him, but the opposite has been the case.
The previous hit failed when the gunman went to the wrong pub.
A convicted armed robber was said to have been behind the incident.
Whether this thug's luck will last, only time will tell. In Dublin's criminal underworld you reap what you sow. And Gilligan has made plenty of enemies along the way.
He is understood to have attempted to call in debts from other criminals. This brought him into confrontation with drug dealers.
Other gangs were said to be angry with his bravado on leaving jail.
Gilligan won't be released from hospital for a number of days. But he won't be able to relax for a long time.