Irish criminal rants about Ryanair’s €25 carry-on fee at Alicante airport

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JOHN GILLIGAN: He is currently bailed after trying to take a suitcase containing €23,000 on a flight from Belfast to Spain. Photo: Shutterstock and @XwhosCom

CONVICTED Irish criminal John Gilligan complained bitterly at Alicante airport when he was obliged to pay a €25 carry-on baggage fee.

A witness told the Irish media that Gilligan was “less than pleased” after staff at the Ryanair check-in desk noticed that his bag was too large for free hand luggage.

“It was basically like a big briefcase and he was asked to come up to the desk.  It was funny really because a lot of people in the queue would have known who he is,” the witness said. 

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“But obviously the staff were Spanish and his name meant nothing to them.”

Gilligan was released from prison in 2013 after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence for trafficking cannabis resin.

He is currently bailed after trying to take a suitcase containing €23,000 on a flight from Belfast to Spain.


Gilligan was very put out but paid up, the same onlooker said.  “He basically went off on one then, saying it was a scandal and a sham and – whatever that had to do with it – that Ireland was the most corrupt country on Earth.”

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