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Thursday 24 August 2017

Gardai appeal for information on getaway car as details of gun victim Ryan's funeral released

Vinny Ryan
Vinny Ryan

The capital's latest murder victim will be laid to rest next Tuesday as gardai appeal for information on the getaway vehicle used, which was stolen in October.

Vincent 'Vinny' Ryan was gunned down outside a property in north Dublin shortly after dropping his partner and baby daughter off at a house.

Ryan (25) was struck at least three times on McKee Road, Finglas, and suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and throat.

His older brother Alan, a prominent Republican figure and leading member of the Real IRA, was shot dead in 2012 on the orders of a major Dublin crime figure.

A number of tit-for-tat attacks have been carried out since that fatal shooting.

The drug dealer, known as 'Mr Big', is also believed to be behind the murder of Vincent Ryan.

Monday's victim will be reposed at his family home in Grange Abbey, Donaghmede, on Monday evening.

He will then be brought to The Church of the Holy Trinity for 10am mass on Tuesday, before his remains are removed to Fingal Cemetery for burial.

Ryan's funeral will take place at the same location in Donaghmede as that of his murdered brother's four years ago.

During that service, a number of shots were fired over the coffin by masked paramilitaries dressed in fatigues outside the Ryan home.

Despite a large garda presence, detectives decided not to intervene in the brash display, but a number of people were arrested in the aftermath.

Surveillance

A similar republican-style send-off is not expected at the funeral of Vinny Ryan, but gardai are still expected to keep surveillance on the ceremony - in both an overt and covert manner.

The details of the funeral were released as gardai made a further appeal for information on the father-of-one's murder.

They believe a silver Volkswagen Golf was used as the getaway vehicle following the shooting.

The 07 KE 10213 vehicle was taken during a burglary in Cluaindara, Derrinstown, Co Kildare, on October 13 last year.

It was discovered burnt out at Red Lane, Newhall, Naas, shortly after Monday's shooting.

Detectives from Finglas Garda Station are investigating the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.

Gardai suspect Ryan played a direct role in the murder of drug dealer Michael 'Micka' Kelly, also known as 'The Panda', in 2011.

Associates of Vincent and Alan Ryan have also criticised a "warmongering" statement issued by a group purporting to represent dissident republicans.

A number of media outlets were contacted by an individual claiming to be aligned to the 'Action Against Drugs' group, who stated that the recent murder was "a declaration of war" - and that drug dealers would be targeted from now on.

Conflict

However, Derek Nolan, who was Alan Ryan's right-hand man and close friend before his death, described the statement as "warmongering at its best".

"Another stupid statement put out there to cause conflict," Nolan said.

"These stupid keyboard warriors need to cop on, these statements don't help the situation, they only increase tension and paranoia - which leads to more conflict," he added on social media.

Vinny Ryan is survived by his partner, daughter, mother and four siblings.

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