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John Gilligan The Irish gangster who was tried for the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin has said he ‘does not care’ about her death in a controversial new documentary.John Gilligan, 71, is appearing in a three-part series on Ireland’s Virgin Media channel called Confessions of a Crime Boss, which has caused outrage on the Emerald Isle for ‘glorifying’ a notorious gangster.
In the first episode, which aired Monday, he said he felt ‘nothing’ over her death.Ms Guerin was a crime reporter who had confronted Gilligan about alleged gang activity.She was shot dead while stopped at a red light on the outskirts of Dublin 27 years ago.
Her life – and death – was later turned into a film starring Cate Blanchett as the fearless reporter.Gilligan was accused of ordering the murder but was acquitted at trial in 2001. He was instead sentenced to 28 years for smuggling cannabis, and was freed in 2013.
At the trial, Mr Justice Diarmuid O’Donovan said of Gilligan: ‘Never in the history of Irish criminal jurisprudence has one person been presumed to have caused so much wretchedness to so many. A haemorrhage of harm that is unlikely to heal in a generation.’
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When asked by interviewer John O’Toole about how he felt when Ms Guerin was killed, he said: ‘Nothing really. I could say it for the cameras, ‘oh my God, I was shocked’.’I wasn’t. It didn’t matter to me.’When asked further about the reporting of crime and gang activities, he added: ‘If you go into the kitchen, don’t expect not to be burned.’However, the crime boss did admit that the journalist’s death was ‘the beginning of the end for him’.’It shouldn’t have happened that way to me,’ he said.’I wish them people had never done it, for her sake and for her family’s sake, not just for mine.’
The programme has been widely slammed in by both Ms Guerin’s family and by Irish politicians.Justice Minister Helen McEntee called for the producers of the documentary to ‘think about what they’re trying to achieve’ with the series.Speaking to the Irish Independent, she explained: ‘This is a man that has created misery for so many people and so many communities.’He’s someone who has been convicted of very serious offences and I for one certainly won’t be watching it.”I know there’s a lot of people, families and communities that are very upset by the fact that this documentary is on this evening.’
Junior drugs minister Hildegarde Naughton added to RTE she had ‘grave concerns’ about the documentary.’I don’t think the producers have exercised particularly good judgement by giving John Gilligan the opportunity to speak about his actions on national television,’ she said.Ms Guerin’s brother Jimmy has also shared his upset at the show.’I’m hugely disappointed that a respected TV station, and indeed some of those involved in the production, would give somebody of Gilligan’s standing three hours of interview time,’ he told Sunday World.
‘Of course I’m disappointed. Was I asked to participate? Of course I was. On more than one occasion. Did I decline to participate, of course I did.’Was I asked did I want to see it, of course I was. Did I say I wanted to see it, no I didn’t. I wouldn’t be placing an awful lot of concern about anything that Gilligan would say. Naturally I’d be surprised he’d be getting so much airing.’In a further statement he added: ‘I have received numerous requests from the media in relation to the upcoming documentary series to be broadcast on Virgin Media titled “Confessions of a Crime Boss”, along with a new book The Gilligan Tapes.
‘The allegations of an amoral individual and a convicted criminal do not merit any rebuttal.’These issues were covered in detail over twenty years ago in the cases I attended. They were appropriately dealt through the Irish judicial system, which the programme and the book are an insult to.’I was invited to participate in the making of the documentary and declined. I further declined to attend a preview screening, as I strongly believe providing recognition for this series is entirely inappropriate’.Elsewhere in the documentary, Mr Gilligan said he ‘sleeps fine’.
‘I’m sorry I went into crime. I’m not very sorry for the things I done. It doesn’t stop me sleeping’.Producers have defended the decision to make the documentary.Producer David Harvey told Newstalk Breakfast: ‘We made it because we were offered an opportunity to spend some time with John Gilligan,’ he said.’As an opportunity to put John Gilligan on the record for a company like ours, that specialises in making international crime television, it was too good an opportunity to miss.’The documentary also looks at Gilligan’s early life in Ballyfermot, Dublin, dealing with his violent father.
‘I hit him. I stopped him hitting my mother and my sisters.’This week Gilligan was handed a suspended sentence in Spain despite confessing to drugs and weapon charges.He was given a fine and a 22-month suspended prison sentence after admitting to smuggling cannabis and sleeping pills from Spain into Ireland via courier and being the owner of a weapon found hidden in the back garden of his Costa Blanca home.
The 71-year-old, who was warned he faced more than eight years in jail before the trial, learned the good news after lawyers acting for him and eight accomplices, including his son Darren, confirmed a late plea bargain deal had been struck with prosecutors.The court heard the convicted drug dealer was treated leniently over the gun find because of a ‘full confession’ following his 2020 arrest.
“Chintzia McIntyre, 48, had been seriously assaulted and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.”