John Gilligan’s minder has been shot dead by a gunman in Dublin, just weeks after a failed murder attempt on the former gangland leader.
Dissident Republican Stephen Douglas ‘Dougie’ Moran was shot outside his heavily guarded home in the west of the city on Saturday night.
Described by the Sunday Independent as a ‘notorious criminal’ and former Continuity IRA leader, Moran acted as Gilligan’s minder and driver on his release from prison.
The report says Moran was known to Irish police for his Republican and drug dealing involvement
It is believed his death is a direct result of his close ties with Gilligan, the man believed to have ordered the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin.
Gilligan was regularly seen in an armor plated four wheel drive BMW owned by Moran who drove him home from prison.
Moran was shot by a lone gunman at his home in the Earlsfort estate in Clondalkin at 7.30pm.
Police and emergency services arrived at the scene a short time later but Moran died in hospital.
The Sunday Independent says Moran owned four pubs and a security company and was from Limerick originally.
He was a cousin of the infamous Dundon-McCarthy brothers and a key member of the Limerick Murder Inc gang.
The paper says he was also heavily involved in ‘dissident’ republican criminal activity. Police believed he was once head of the Continuity IRA, running its extortion rackets and other activity.
The Sunday Independent says he lived in a heavily fortified house in Earlsfort View on the border of Clondalkin and Lucan with bulletproof windows and up to a dozen CCTV cameras mounted on the outside.
Pressure is now mounting on Gilligan, still in hospital after the attempt on his life a fortnight ago. It is understood he may flee Ireland on his release.