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sickening Dublin drug dealer identified as man who filmed John Gilligan celebrating anniversary of Veronica Guerin

John Gilligan and his cronies cheered and laughed on the 25th anniversary of Veronica Guerin’s murder


Anthony Daly

Anthony Daly

Anthony Daly

A north Dublin drug dealer has been identified as the man who recorded the sickening video of John Gilligan and pals celebrating in Spain on the anniversary of the murder of Veronica Guerin.

The sickening video posted online on the weekend of the 25th anniversary of the crime journalist’s murder in June shows Gilligan having a drinks celebration with pals at the poolside bar at the Dña Monse Hotel in Torrevieja, Alicante, laughing and smiling for the camera.

Gardaí have identified the man recording the video as convicted drug dealer Anthony Daly, who is originally from Beaumont in north Dublin.

In the video, Daly says how Gilligan has bought two rounds for the group.

“We’re in Alicante, two of them he’s after buying, it’s not too often you get two drinks off him.”

The group cheer and shout “he didn’t do it” in the short video while a haggard-looking Gilligan raises his glass.

Daly (38), who is originally from Coolgreena Close in Beaumont, has links to the drugs trade and over the years has had links to numerous underworld figures, including the north Dublin crime boss known as Mr Big.

Daly has a number of drugs convictions and was jailed in 2006 after being caught with €140,000 worth of cannabis.

Daly and another man were caught with the drugs at Clontarf Bay Apartments in 2004.

Judge Donagh McDonagh gave Daly a 10-year sentence but suspended six years of the sentence. The judge said he felt “somewhat constrained” in his sentencing as Daly’s co-accused had been given a four-year sentence with one suspended for the same offence.

Sources say Daly continued his involvement in the underworld after his release from prison.

The video recorded by Daly was widely condemned when it was posted online in June and Veronica’s brother Jimmy told the Sunday World it was “indicative of the man and the type of individual and character and immoral individual” he always maintained Gilligan was.

Gilligan was tried over Veronica’s murder but acquitted. His associate Brian Meehan is currently serving life for his involvement in the murder.

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Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin

Gilligan, who fled Ireland after he survived an attempt on his life in Clondalkin in 2013, is currently out on bail in Spain as he awaits trial on drugs and firearms charges.

He is living in Torrevieja, where he was arrested last October as part of an investigation into prescription tablets and marijuana being sent by post to the UK and Ireland.

Police found a .357 Magnum revolver during the search of his property.

Gilligan (69) has been meeting up with younger criminal figures from Dublin while living in Spain.

As well as being videoed hanging out with Daly, Gilligan was seen on a separate occasion recently with a young north Dublin criminal who is suspected of involvement in a gangland hit linked to a feud in Dublin in 2019.

The Sunday World recently revealed that the young thug from Artane was suspected of acting as the getaway driver in the murder of Iranian hitman Hamid Sanambar, who was shot dead in Kilmore in May 2019.

Sanambar was shot dead outside the home of drug dealer Sean Little who had himself been killed in Balbriggan days earlier.

Sanambar had been an associate of Little but Little’s pals suspected he was involved in setting him up and shot him in a revenge attack as pals gathered outside Little’s home to pay their respects.

The Artane man, who has no serious criminal convictions, left Ireland shortly after Sanambar’s murder and has been living in Spain ever since.

A young criminal with close links to David ‘Fred’ Lynch who was shot dead by hitman Robbie Lawlor as part of a separate feud over a decade ago, is one of a number of criminal figures suspected of involvement in Sanambar’s killing.

The young criminal, who is heavily involved in gangland activity, cannot be named as he is currently before the courts on firearms charges.

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