Video: John Gilligan lives it up behind bars with notorious criminals


The on no account before seen clip was captured in 2006 and will be screened tonight as chiefly of TV3’s special documentary ‘ ul Williams: State of Fear’.

It shows Gilligan (65) jeer at, joking and dancing alongside some of Ireland’s most dangerous villains including psycho thic killer John Daly, who was doing time for armed plunder and who famously phoned RTE’s radio show ‘Liveline’ from a mobile phone in his choky cell.

Also dancing with Gilligan in the footage is Brian Rattigan, the bossman of one of the gangs involved in the notorious Crumlin/Drimnagh feud.

They’re lined by Limerick criminal Christy Keane, while assassin Shay Wildes is driven singing into a microphone on stage. Wildes executed father of five Joe Cummins in Tallaght on St Stephen’s Day, 2001.

Gilligan was convicted of analgesic trafficking in 2001, and was initially handed a 28-year sentence, which was shortened on appeal.

He was freed from Portlaoise Prison on October 15, 2013 and has since survived two assassination take ons.

Gilligan previously went on trial for the murder of Veronica Guerin but was acquitted. How, he remains the chief suspect.

In the second and concluding episode of this documentary (the head rt which aired last night), ul Williams pursues the story of Veronica’s murder and the ensuing investigations into the Gilligan join forces against.

He also examines the events surrounding the Hutch-Kinahan feud in 2016 and communicate withs fresh insight into what might happen next.

He drive put all the questions raised in the series to the man with the onerous task of tackling organised offence in Ireland today, Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan.

The second instalment of ‘ ul Williams: Says of Fear’ will be screened on TV3 at 22.00 tonight


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