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Saturday 20 July 2019

New jury is sworn in for Vinny Ryan murder trial

Vinny Ryan. Photo: Collins Courts
Vinny Ryan. Photo: Collins Courts

A new jury has been sworn in to hear the trial of two Dublin men charged with murdering Vincent 'Vinny' Ryan in the city three years ago.

Paul O'Beirne (36) and Jeff-rey Morrow (37) had been arraigned before the Central Criminal Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to murdering the 25-year-old father on McKee Road, Finglas.

Their trial opened before a jury, but Mr Justice Michael White called the panel in again yesterday morning.

He explained that one of the jurors was unable to continue and so he had to swear a new jury.

The two men were then re- arraigned.

Difficulties

Mr O'Beirne of Colepark Drive, Ballyfermot, stood and replied "Not guilty, your honour" to the charge of murdering Mr Ryan on February 29, 2016.

Mr Morrow of Burnell Court, Coolock, also stood and replied: "Not guilty, your honour."

Mr Justice Michael White told the jury panel that the time estimate for the trial was five or six weeks.

He said Mr Ryan, who had lived at Grange Abbey Drive, Dublin, was shot while sitting in a vehicle on McKee Road.

"The shots were fired from another vehicle, found later burnt-out in the Naas area," he continued.

"If you have any difficulties in relation to serving in such a trial, please bring that to my attention."

He then swore in a jury of four women and eight men.

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