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Thursday 8 December 2016

Delay in Alan Ryan murder probe 'unacceptable' - family

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Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan

Gardai investigating the murder of dissident republican Alan Ryan expect to send a file to the DPP shortly, the Dublin coroner has heard.

The file into the death of Ryan (32) from Grange Abbey Drive in Donaghmede, Dublin 13, could be with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) within six weeks.

However, the solicitor representing his family at Dublin Coroner's Court, David Thompson, said it was "simply unacceptable" that it had taken gardai so long to complete the file.

Ryan - who was a leading member of the Real IRA in Dublin and considered a significant crime figure - was gunned down on a north Dublin street in broad daylight on September 3, 2012.

A gunman approached him from behind as he walked along Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin with two friends and shot him multiple times.

Force

His paramilitary-style funeral was interpreted as a show of force by the Real IRA, sparking major controversy.

The father-of-one's death is understood to have been part of an ongoing gangland feud.

The inquest into Ryan's death was opened in October 2012 and gardai have sought several adjournments since then to facilitate their investigation. Mr Thompson told the coroner the delay was hampering the Ryan family's right to a prompt inquiry into his death.

Updating coroner Dr Brian Farrell on the Garda progress today, Detective Inspector Ken Keelan said a file would be with the DPP "shortly". He sought a further six month adjournment of the inquest.

Mr Thompson requested a shorter adjournment saying the family was "extremely anxious" at this stage.

Dr Farrell adjourned the hearing for further mention on October 5.

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