Watch: John Gilligan lives it up in prison with n.otorious criminals, Pint size Thug Gilligan is now nearly 70 years old, and sits in a Spanish Prison, a far cry from the cosy Regime in Portlaoise, the Thug could face years inside. The year 2020 again brought Justice and put Gilligan out of Circulation.
John Gilligan parties with inmates at Portlaoise prison. Picture:
November 29 2016 05:47 AM
John Gilligan partying behind bars with some of Ireland’s most notorious criminals.
The never before seen clip was captured in 2006
It shows Gilligan (65) laughing, joking and dancing alongside some of Ireland’s most dangerous criminals including psychopathic killer John Daly, who was doing time for armed robbery and who famously phoned RTE’s radio show ‘Liveline’ from a mobile phone in his prison cell.
Also dancing with Gilligan in the footage is Brian Rattigan, the leader of one of the gangs involved in the notorious Crumlin /Drimnagh feud.
John Daly and John Gilligan at Portlaoise prison. Picture: TV3/Paul Williams: State of Fear
They’re flanked by Limerick criminal Christy Keane while assassin Shay Wildes is seen singing into a microphone on stage. Wildes executed father of five Joe Cummins in Tallaght on St Stephen’s Day, 2001.
At the weekend Independent.ie revealed footage of Gilligan being confronted by journalist Paul Williams at the Gilligan family home in Jessbrook, Co Kildare.
Gilligan was convicted of drug trafficking in 2001, and was initially handed a 28-year-sentence, which was reduced on appeal.
He was freed from Portlaoise Prison on October 15, 2013 and has since survived two assassination attempts.
Gilligan previously went on trial for the murder of Veronica Guerin but was acquitted. However he remains the chief suspect.
In the second and concluding episode of this documentary Paul Williams continues the story of Veronica’s murder and the ensuing investigations into the Gilligan gang.
Shay Wildes at Portlaoise prison. Picture: TV3/Paul Williams: State of Fear
He also examines the events surrounding the Hutch-Kinahan feud in 2016 and gets fresh insight into what might happen next.
He will put all the questions raised in the series to the man with the onerous task of tackling organised crime in Ireland today, Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan.