Mobster 'Rashers' moved to open jail in run-up to release
FEARED criminal Kieran 'Rashers' Ryan has been transferred to low-security Shelton Abbey Prison ahead of his release later this year.
His transfer comes just two weeks after another man absconded from the Co Wicklow open facility.
Ryan (31) was moved from the Midlands Prison last Thursday in preparation for being freed in August.
He was jailed in July 2010 for possession of a semi-automatic pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition in Limerick on the previous May 26.
His older brother, Eddie Ryan Jnr, of College Avenue, Moyross, Limerick, was given a six-year sentence after pleading guilty to the same charge.
Kieran Ryan is regarded as a significant player in the deadly Limerick feud that began with the murder of his father, Eddie Ryan Snr, in 2000.
He was with him in the Moose Bar in Limerick city on the night the murder took place.
Sources say it is surprising that Ryan has been moved to Shelton Abbey as he has been "far from a model prisoner".
Ryan's convictions include one for violent disorder after two feuding factions clashed on the Ennis Road in Limerick in 2003.
A variety of weapons including a golf club, a steering lock and a snooker cue were used in that mini-riot and the court heard that the row could have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.
Ryan's transfer comes just two weeks after Christopher Quilligan (25) absconded from the open jail.
Quilligan, originally from Sundale Drive, Tallaght was caged for five years in 2013 after he fired two rounds from a revolver at the packed Smithfield Horse Fair in 2011.
Previously, Finglas gangland criminal Jeffrey Finnegan (31) absconded from the jail in December 2009 after being granted temporary release for Christmas and has never been recaptured.
Convicted drug dealer Finnegan was less than 17 months into a four-year sentence for offences including unlawful use of a stolen car, dangerous driving and having no insurance as well as burglary and assault causing harm.
Tallaght hood, John Paul Duncan (30) who fled from another open prison Loughan House almost a month ago also remains on the run.