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Gift of the CAB CAB target Jonathan Gill shows off lavish PS5 hospital donation despite owing €560k

Gill - who was formerly described in court as 'one of the country's top criminals' beat tiger kidnapping charges in 2019

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Gill has set himself up as a negotiator in his JGM company

Gill has set himself up as a negotiator in his JGM company

Gill has set himself up as a negotiator in his JGM company

Criminal Assets Bureau target Jonathan Gill dropped in more than €2,000 worth of gaming consoles to Temple Street Hospital - despite having a judgement for €559,000 outstanding to CAB.

Gill (42), who beat tiger kidnapping charges in 2019, posted an image of himself dropping off a batch of PlayStation 5s to the hospital on a social media profile linked to his new mediation company. 

Gill - who was formerly described in court as 'one of the country's top criminals' - has also vowed that five per cent of all money earned by Jonathan Gill & Co Mediations will go to Temple Street.  

The promise came despite a records search carried out by this newspaper showing the CAB judgement, registered in August 2016, remains unpaid.

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Jonathan Gill played Santa with Playstation 5s for the children’s hospital

Jonathan Gill played Santa with Playstation 5s for the children’s hospital

Jonathan Gill played Santa with Playstation 5s for the children’s hospital

 

The image showing Gill outside Temple Street Children's Hospital was posted as the profile picture on the WhatsApp messenger service for 'Jonathan Gill & Co Mediation and Negotiations.'

Gill is pictured with a batch of the consoles which retail at between €399 and €499 each.

Accompanying the image, he wrote: 'Temple Street Children's Hospital today.

"Giving a little but the staff blew all of us away.

"Heart-breaking."

The image has since been replaced.

Although a website for the company went live in mid-December, no records for the new venture are as yet available through the Company Records Office.

The website outlines, how, for a fee, Gill (42) is offering to help step in to resolve disputes between two parties which "may have reached a dangerous and potentially violent level".

Gill, who describes himself as the company's chief negotiator, claims he is able to draw on "many experiences in life with long drawn-out civil cases".

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"I've been negotiating and doing mediations over the last 20 years," he writes.

"And always found a simple coffee with a neutral party is more productive than years and years of paperwork court cases and spending excessive money for the same outcome."

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Gill has set himself up as a negotiator in his JGM company

Gill has set himself up as a negotiator in his JGM company

Gill has set himself up as a negotiator in his JGM company

Speaking to the Sunday World, Gill said he is extremely busy since he launched the business.

He claimed his company was "very efficient" at solving disputes and has been hired by couples who are separating but want to avoid going to court.

Gill also claimed he was "not forcing anyone" to deal with him, saying his business is: "Peaceful, there's never any violence."

When asked by the Sunday World what he would say to people who claim he is involved in organised crime, he answered: "I'd say, prove it."

Gill claimed he launched the business to try to settle a tax bill.

When questioned if it was with the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), he admitted it was and said he was trying to turn a "negative into a positive".

Gill is no stranger to the inside of a courthouse.

In 2019, the State entered a 'nolle prosequi' - a legal term which translates as 'will no longer prosecute' - on tiger kidnapping charges that he had been facing since November 2013.

A previous trial against Gill collapsed after an unknown individual spoke in front of a jury member on the Luas linking him to organised crime, five days into deliberations following a six-week trial.

Gill had pleaded not guilty and always maintained his innocence.

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Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

Gill had been accused of the 2011 kidnapping of a postal worker, his partner and their 10-week-old baby daughter before robbing €660,000 from the man's workplace. He denied all the charges.

The CAB secured a judgment of €559,648 against him in August 2016.

The court heard that the money was the proceeds of organised crime.

Now offering his services as a mediator, Gill writes on his website: "I have many experiences in life with long drawn-out civil cases, tax cases, civil partnership cases of my own and plenty of business deals going correct and wrong through wrong partnerships and bad judgement."

He adds: "Swiftly with no nonsense to make sure all clients are happy on both sides and also that both sides feel like they are winners in these situations we feel it's most important to resolve quickly and have peace of mind and move on."

The company also claims, in a section called 'Community Disagreements', that their skill-set includes settling local disagreements without resorting to legal action."

While he has no major convictions, Gill was described by an investigating Garda sergeant in the Drogheda tiger kidnapping case as one of the "top criminals in Ireland".

The statement was made at a Dublin District Court bail hearing just days after he was charged in relation to the shocking tiger kidnapping.

Sergeant Fearghal O'Toole stated at that hearing that Gill lived in a "bulletproof house" in north Dublin and when members of the Emergency Response Unit raided it, sparks flew as their pickaxe bounced off the patio door.

Sergeant O'Toole said he believed Gill to be a member of an organised crime group.

"He is part of an organised crime group and he would be one of the top criminals in this country," Sergeant O'Toole said.

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Finn is believed to have been shot by Lawlor

Finn is believed to have been shot by Lawlor

Finn is believed to have been shot by Lawlor

Gill was also previously linked to a major feud with the Real IRA gang led by Donaghmede man Alan Ryan.

Ryan was shot dead in 2012 and associates of Gill remain prime suspects of involvement in the murder.

Gill was never arrested, charged or convicted of any offences linked to Ryan's death or the wider dispute.

One of Gill's associates, Kenneth Finn, is also believed to have been shot dead in Coolock in 2018 by slain hitman Robbie Lawlor as part of an ongoing feud.

Gill was not arrested as part of any investigation into the feud.

Sources have also said there have been a number of murder plots against Gill, who has been warned on several occasions by gardai of threats to his life.

When previously out on bail, he twice had to change the location of the garda station he had to sign on at due to the threats against him.

Separately, Gill also beat money laundering charges in Northern Ireland.

Gill was arrested in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh in February 2013 with then associate Paschal Kelly.

The pair were arrested arising from a search that resulted in the recovery of €65,000 in cash, 25 mobile phones, surveillance equipment, a ski mask and black wig.

Kelly and Gill were described in court by a PSNI detective as leaders of an organised criminal gang who allegedly carry guns for their own protection.

Gill was later granted bail in the North after he told the High Court in Belfast that he won €250,000 as part of a Lotto winning syndicate in 2011 and that he had received €25,000 in a personal injury claim.

The money-laundering charges in the North were eventually dropped.

Gill denied all charges.

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