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The Criminal Assets Bureau says it's now ready to sell John Gilligan's former houses

A Supreme Court decision today paved the way for more sales.

John Gilligan assets to be sold A general view of the Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in 2012, two years before it was sold. Source: Niall Carson/PA

THE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau (CAB) has said that it is satisfied with today’s Supreme Court decision on the properties formerly owned by convicted drug dealer John Gilligan.

In a statement this afternoon, CAB said it now plans to move ahead with the sale of three of the properties.

An appeal by Gilligan against the seizure of three properties was unanimously struck out today, 21 years after the State first took control of some of his assets.

Drug lord's horse centre for sale The Olympic-sized equestrian centre got a new owner in 2014. Source: Niall Carson/PA

This included the Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in Kildare which was sold by CAB back in 2014.

Today’s decision means that CAB can now sell three more former Gilligan properties, a house in Lucan, a house in Corduff and a house in Jessbrook.

The Jessbrook estate including the house, equestrian centre, agricultural buildings and land measures 80 acres in total.

John Gilligan assets Stables are seen during a media tour of Jessbrook Equestrian Centre. Source: Niall Carson/PA

CAB has said that it is satisfied the “lengthy proceedings” are now over.

“This case shows the determination and dedication of the Criminal Assets Bureau to deny and deprive people of the proceeds of crime,” the bureau said in a statement.

Read: John Gilligan’s prized Jessbrook estate sold by CAB >

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