This article is about a notorious convicted criminal. For the former Ohio Governor, see John J. Gilligan.
(1952-03-29) 29 March 1952 (age 64)
Tracey Gilligan , Darren Gilligan
John Gilligan (born 29 March 1952) is a convicted Irish criminal. In 2001 he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the trafficking of commercial quantities of cannabis resin. This sentence was later reduced to 20 years on appeal.
On 15 October 2013, Gilligan was released after serving 17 years in prison.
1 Murder of Veronica Guerin
2 Assassination attempt
3 Property Forfeiture
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Murder of Veronica Guerin
In 2002 Gilligan was tried for, and acquitted of, the murder of the investigative journalist Veronica Guerin. Guerin was reportedly working on a tip-off from an Irish politician who was also prominent in equestrian circles, and was doing investigative reporting about Gilligan’s involvement in the illegal recreational drugs trade in Ireland. After she was murdered the Gardaí had at one point more than 100 officers working on the case, which led to 214 arrests, 39 convictions, and 100 confiscations of guns, confiscations of five million pounds’ worth of drugs and 6.5 million pounds’ worth of property.
However, Gilligan’s assets remained frozen by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB). On 30 January 2006 the High Court cleared the way for the CAB to proceed with an application to have the equestrian centre and other property belonging to the Gilligan family handed over to the State. In January 2008, making a court appearance in an attempt to stop the State from selling off his assets, Gilligan accused John Traynor of having ordered the murder of Veronica Guerin. Despite the presiding judge’s attempt to silence Gilligan, he continued to blame a botched Gardaí investigation and alleged that the Gardaí had planted evidence to secure his conviction, leading to his current term of imprisonment. On 19 December 2008 Gilligan lost an appeal for a second hearing by the High Court. Because of the decision the CAB applied to the High Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act to dispose of Gilligan’s estate properties.
In November 2012 the courts cleared the final barriers allowing the CAB to sell off the equestrian centre and Gilligan’s house at Weston Green, Lucan. In July 2014, after a lengthy challe