4 September 2023

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Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton responds to ‘opportunistic’ label in condemning interview with John Gilligan

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Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton responds to ‘opportunistic’ label in condemning interview with John Gilligan

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Virgin Media has accused Galway West TD and Drugs Minister Hildegarde Naughton of being opportunistic in condemning the station’s three-part programme on convicted drug dealer John Gilligan

The comments were made just before John Gilligan was due before a Spanish court to face drugs and weapon charges, along with his son Darren and six others

In the last hour John Gilligan has been handed a suspended prison sentence on drug smuggling charges.

Lawyers for the 71 year old confirmed a plea bargain had been struck with prosecuters.

He admitted to smuggling cannabis and powerful sleeping pills into Ireland – and being the owner of a gun found in the back garden of his Costa Blanca home.

He was handed a 22-month suspended sentence as part of the deal.

Meanwhile The three-part programme about John Gilligan begins on Virgin Media tonight.

Minister for Drugs Strategy Hildegarde Naughton and Veronica Guerin’s brother Jimmy are among those who’ve expressed concerns about the show.

The programme’s producer David Harvey accepts it’s upsetting for the Guerin family, but dismissed Minister Naughton’s response.

Minister Hildegarde Naughton has responded to those claims she was being opportunistic by voicing her concerns:

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