John Gilligan holds crime summit with old pal after 'begging' Kinahan mob for return
AGEING gangster John Gilligan met up with his former associate Troy Jordan in a crime summit following his return from hiding in the UK.
The Sunday World can also reveal that the pint-sized thug, who returned to Ireland just over a week ago, contacted Daniel Kinahan through a third party and asked for permission to return to Ireland after burning his bridges in the UK.
Gilligan (64), who fled Ireland after surviving a gun attack by a Kinahan cartel hitman in 2014, travelled to a service station cafe near Dundalk last weekend. He spoke to Jordan at length and was accompanied by three criminal figures from Northern Ireland. Two of the men are from Belfast and one is from Newry.
Jordan and Gilligan later left in the same car and were briefly stopped by gardai who have been keeping a close eye on Gilligan since his return to Ireland.
Gilligan and Jordan go back years in the criminal fraternity.
During Geraldine Gilligan's unsuccessful legal battle with CAB over Jessbrook, she told the High Court that her only income was €5,000 a year she received from Jordan "for grass".
Jordan, like Gilligan, has spent significant time the UK in recent years. Sources say that he is mostly based in the UK but makes regular return visits to Ireland. He has links across the criminal fraternity and is also close to members of the INLA.
Jordan was one of the first people Gilligan contacted when he was released from prison in 2013. It is believed he asked his former pal for cash.
But Gilligan fled the country after being shot in a gun attack carried out by a north Dublin hitman linked to the Kinahan cartel at his brother Thomas' house on March 1, 2014.
The hitman is also a suspect in the recent murder of Eddie Hutch.
While Gilligan was recovering from his injuries in hospital, his close pal Dougie Moran was shot dead in Lucan.
Gilligan was believed to have been based in Birmingham since fleeing Ireland but was also spotted in Alicante in Spain where his daughter Tracey was based.
It is believed that Gilligan had a dispute with a traveller gang in the UK which prompted his return to Ireland.
A source said: "He burnt his bridges in the UK. Why do something right when you can do it wrong."
The source added that Gilligan begged for permission from the Kinahan cartel to return to Ireland.
"He contacted Daniel Kinahan through an intermediary and asked for permission to come back. He got the go-ahead but he's deluding himself if he thinks that means anything."
Gilligan had a drinking session on Thursday to mark the birthday of his brother Bernard who died in October 2014.
Gilligan was too frightened to return to Ireland for the funeral but made up for it on Thursday.
"He went on the lash and had a big celebration," said a source.
Gilligan was also spotted meeting associates in Dublin the day after Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan was shot dead in Ratoath, last Wednesday week.
There was no love lost between Gilligan and Kingsize. The cigarette smuggler publicly branded Gilligan a "rat" in an interview with the Sunday World following the hit attempt on Gilligan in 2014.
Despite the obvious animosity between the pair, they were both believed to have been targeted by hitmen linked to the Kinahan cartel.
Gilligan is obviously confident now he won't be targeted again but security sources aren't so sure.
"There's no such thing as safe passage in gangland," said a source.