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Saturday 19 April 2014

Ryan brothers pay respects at slain RIRA chief's grave

THE brothers of slain Real IRA terror chief Alan Ryan visited his grave to pay their respects at Balgriffin Cemetery yesterday.

Anthony and Dermot Ryan looked relaxed but sombre in the warm autumn sunshine on the first anniversary of their brother's murder.

A number of women also paid a visit to the grave during the day to mark the event.

Ryan (32) was shot dead as he walked on Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin on September 3, last year.

As expected, yesterday passed off without any major criminal incident linked to the murder but there was an increase in garda patrols in north Dublin.

 

Bitter

In May it emerged that Anthony (37) and Dermot (30) Ryan were kicked out of the new IRA organisation over a bitter cash dispute that had been ongoing for months.

Shortly before this happened, Dermot addressed a Republican gathering at a Derry cemetery after which a petrol bomb was thrown at police.

Dermot, a former member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, spoke on behalf of Republican prisoners.

Dermot's older brother Anthony was previously jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty to receiving training from others in the use of firearms at Stamullen, Co Meath.

The charges related to a major garda investigation in October 1999, at a farm in Co Louth and a field at Stamullen.

Garda officers found an assault rifle, a sub machine gun, a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition in a cellar.

 

Funeral

Gardai said it was a training camp set up by a paramilitary organisation styling itself Oglaigh na hEireann.

Both Anthony and Dermot were arrested by gardai in a high-profile operation after Alan's paramilitary funeral in Donaghmede last year, but were later released without charge.

Another Ryan brother Vincent (22), who is custody on IRA membership and firearms charges, was refused bail to be released for his brother's anniversary.

Yesterday the Herald revealed that senior figures within the Real IRA were aware an attack on Alan Ryan was imminent in the weeks before he was shot dead and that a "core group" of 15 criminals were involved in planning the murder.

Meanwhile, up to 300 officers, including the Emergency Response Unit and a riot squad, have been detailed to police a march by dissidents to Ryan's grave on Saturday.

kfoy@herald.ie

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