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John Gilligan shot during christening celebrations in Clondalkin

He is currently in Blanchardstown Hospital in Dublin where his injuries are described as not life threatening.

John Gilligan
John Gilligan
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Updated 21.26pm

CRIME BOSS JOHN Gilligan was shot this evening shortly after 7.10pm.

The gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie that he is currently in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown and his injuries are not life threatening.

The incident happened in Greenfort Crescent in Ronanstown, Dublin when two armed and masked men burst in to the house. Gilligan was shot three times in the leg and chest. He also received a graze to the head.

The two men are believed to have fled the scene in a car.

He is believed to have been in his brother’s house at the time celebrating a family christening. His sister-in-law is said to have called the ambulance.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this incident or anyone with information to contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 01-666 7700, the Garda Confidential line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

The crime boss led the gang that carried out the killing of Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin, but he was later acquitted of her murder.

In 2001 he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for drug trafficking.

The 62-year-old was released from prison last October.

Shortly after his release, an attempt on his life was made at the Halfway House pub on the Navan Road.

However, Gilligan dismissed the last attempted hit as a “Halloween prank”.

First Published 7.42pm

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