Cartel are still Around, not as Big, but still Dangerous, and trying Hard to Clean Dirty Money. Remarkable stashes of cash being found, recently in the home of a former but retired early member of An Garda Siochana. Cleansing is murky and what a coup to have members of An Garda Siochana in on the act.

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Kinahan cartel ordered hit on Gilligan as he ‘muscled in’ on drug trade

 16th October 2021


The Kinahan cartel ordered the murder of John Gilligan when he tried to muscle in on their drug trade following his release from prison, it has emerged

As soon as he left Portlaoise Prison in October 2013 after serving 17 years for drug trafficking, the crime boss began demanding money from his former gangland friend John Cunningham – Christy Kinahan’s partner in crime.

However, within days of his release, gardaí issued Gilligan with an official warning of a threat to his life.

A new biography on Gilligan reveals how, despite the threats, he was determined to reclaim his place in the hierarchy of organised crime.

He joined forces with Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran, a member of the McCarthy-Dundon gang, who acted as his enforcer and bodyguard.

Moran drove Gilligan around in an armour-plated SUV as he visited drug dealers across west Dublin, demanding “welcome home money”.

Gardaí later learned Gilligan and Moran tried to hire James Quinn, one of Dublin’s most dangerous hitmen, to carry out a killing, unaware that Quinn and the intended victim worked for the Kinahan cartel.

The meeting took place on December 3 when Quinn was seen handing Gilligan an envelope containing several untraceable, encrypted mobile phones.

Gardaí believed that after the meeting, the cartel ordered Gilligan’s assassination.

Two days later, a gunman stormed the Halfway House pub in Ashtown looking for Gilligan, who was drinking in a pub a short distance away.

The following day, reporters asked Gilligan about the incident, which he shrugged off as a “Halloween prank”.  

On March 1, 2014, two gunmen shot him six times when they burst into a house where he was attending a party. Although critically injured, he survived. Two weeks later, Moran was gunned down outside his home in Lucan.

Twenty-four hours later, Gilligan, still unable to walk, was picked up from hospital and driven to a ferry headed for Britain. He did not return to Ireland until 2016, when he is understood to have “come to an arrangement” with the Kinahans.

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