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.
“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.”