Former Guerin murder suspect shot

Published Saturday, 01 March 2014
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A man who was once acquitted of being involved in the murder of the crime journalist Veronica Guerin has been shot in Dublin.

Former Guerin murder suspect shot
Garda outside the house in Clondalkin where John Gilligan was shot. (© PA)

Convicted drug dealer John Gilligan was shot twice in his brother's house in the Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin area of the city at around 7pm on Saturday.

It is understood he received gunshot wounds in the leg and the arm when two masked gunmen forced their way inside the house where Mr Gilligan was celebrating a family christening.

The 61-year-old was taken to hospital following the attack and gardaí described his injuries as "non-fatal".

Up to four shots were fired in the attempted murder, gardaí added.

It is thought the gunmen fled the scene in a silver SUV or 4X4 type vehicle.

It is understood Mr Gilligan was recently warned of threats to his life and had been targeted in a gun attack not long after his release from prison last year.

Mr Gilligan was freed from Portlaoise Prison last October after being jailed in 2001 for a multi-million euro cannabis trafficking operation.

He was also accused and acquitted of ordering the murder of Veronica Guerin in June 1996.

He denied any involvement with her death and was cleared after a trial in the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

© UTV News
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