John Gilligan was released from Portlaoise Prison at approximately 9.35am this morning (Tuesday).
The convicted drug dealer emerged smiling into the fog shrouded morning, amidst a large security and media presence on the Dublin road, carrying a plastic bag. He was promptly whisked away in a grey Ford Mondeo which was waiting in the prison grounds.
Gilligan appeared to be talking on a mobile phone as he travelled in the back of the car out the main gate. The car departed in the direction of the main Dublin Cork motorway.