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

John Gilligan parties with inmates at Portlaoise prison (Image: TV3/PW:State of Fear)
John Gilligan parties with inmates at Portlaoise prison (Image: TV3/PW:State of Fear)

This is John Gilligan partying behind bars with some of Ireland's most notorious criminals.

The never before seen clip was captured in 2006 and will be screened tonight as part of TV3's special documentary 'Paul Williams: State of Fear'.

It shows Gilligan (65) laughing, joking and dancing alongside some of Ireland's most dangerous criminals including psychopathic killer John Daly, who was doing time for armed robbery and who famously phoned RTE's radio show 'Liveline' from a mobile phone in his prison cell.

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

They're flanked by Limerick criminal Christy Keane, while assassin Shay Wildes is seen 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 drug trafficking in 2001, and was initially handed a 28-year sentence, which was reduced on appeal.

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

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

In the second and concluding episode of this documentary (the first part which aired last night), Paul Williams continues the story of Veronica's murder and the ensuing investigations into the Gilligan gang.

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

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

The second instalment of 'Paul Williams: States of Fear' will be screened on TV3 at 22.00 tonight