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Friday 20 October 2017

CAB wastes no time telling Gilligan 'pack your bags and get out'

Drug trafficker John Gilligan and family must vacate houses
Drug trafficker John Gilligan and family must vacate houses

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has wasted no time in ordering crimelord John Gilligan and his family to get out of the homes they bought with the proceeds of crime.

Only hours after the Gilligans lost their Supreme Court appeal against the seizure of the properties, CAB sent letters to the family's solicitors seeking vacant possession of the homes.

Gilligan's wife, Geraldine, and daughter, Tracey, live in a bungalow beside the already-seized Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in Kildare, while his son, Darren, lives in a house in Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown.

A third property owned by the Gilligans, in Willsbrook View, Lucan, has been in the control of CAB and is rented out on a long-term basis.

The court ruling means CAB can seize all three properties and sell them.

It also means the Gilligans are technically homeless after a battle with CAB that has lasted more than 20 years and been dragged through nearly every court in the land.

John and Geraldine Gilligan bought the Jessbrook property in 1987. In 1996, they bought the Corduff Avenue house for €7,000 from the local authority after renting it since1977.

In 1995, Gilligan bought the Willsbrook View house for €73,000 and registered it in his daughter's name.

"Letters were issued to Gilligan's solicitors within hours of the ruling," a CAB source told the Herald. "The process of getting those properties is now under way and we are looking for vacant possession now."

CAB is now awaiting a response from the Gilligans.

"We can finally see the end of this long drawn-out matter," said the source.

The Herald can also reveal that CAB has received several queries from interested parties in relation to the Jessbrook property.

There was no sign of activity yesterday at the bungalow near Enfield.

The property is hidden at the top of a tree-lined avenue beside the equestrian centre that was seized and sold by CAB.

The bungalow was bought by the Gilligans before they bought the adjoining land and built the centre.

CAB has different options available to it in relation to the three homes.

While the Blanchardstown and Lucan houses will most likely be valued and sold on the open market, the Jessbrook property could be treated diff- erently.

Demolish

It is unclear what the planning status of the bungalow is because there certain additions were made to the building in the past.

Depending on planning permission, some of these structures may be subject to applications for retention.

If there are difficulties, the Department of Public Enterprise and Reform, which becomes the new owners after the seizures occur, could have to apply for permission to demolish the property if a buyer cannot be found.

In Italy, where many businesses and properties are seized from Mafia gangs, the Italian equivalent of CAB often puts the buildings in trust for use by local communities.

This is seen as a way of giving a benefit back to the public, and if such a move was to be arranged with the bungalow it could become a refuge or a centre for a local charitable cause.

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