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Friday 20 April 2018

Dissident won't be charged over row with gardai

HEATED: Detectives were at RIRA memorial service

A WELL-known dissident Republican will not face charges after being involved in a heated verbal exchange with detectives at a commemoration ceremony in Dublin.

Anthony Ryan (35) -- who was convicted of taking part in a Real IRA training facility in Co Meath a decade ago -- argued with the detective who was trying to obtain personal details from one of Ryan's associates at the event.

Donaghmede man Ryan was one of a small group of republicans attending a commemoration ceremony for murdered IRA member Martin Doherty last month.



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Five officers from the Special Detective Unit monitored the event, on May 23 last, closely before collecting names and addresses from those in attendance.

Ryan could be seen laughing with associates while detectives took down details of those present.

The row began when one of those present -- a man in his 20s -- refused to co-operate with gardai until he was addressed in the Irish language.

Ryan then intervened, taunting the officer involved. An exchange of words was shared before Ryan left the graveyard and drove off in his high-powered black BMW.

Ryan claims that he is lawfully employed in the private security business.

In March, 2001, he was one of six men jailed by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for taking part in a Real IRA training camp in Co Meath in October 1999.

Ryan and his associates were busted after a joint operation by the gardai's Crime and Security Branch and the Special Detective Unit was mounted at a farm in Co Louth and a field at Stamullen in Co Meath.

Gardai found an assault rifle, a sub-machine gun and a semiautomatic pistol in what they described as a camp set up for training people in the use of paramilitary weapons.

Ryan was jailed for three years for that offence and has continued to be a major target for gardai since then.

A source explained: "There will be no criminal charges arising. Spats like what you observed on Sunday are common on these type of occasions."

Sunday's event was organised by the group that calls itself the Dublin 32 County Sovereignty Movement -- the alleged political wing of the Real IRA.

The event was staged a day after a much larger service -- also held to commemorate Martin Doherty -- which was supported by Sinn Fein.

The Herald has learned that Mr Doherty's family attempted to have the 32 CSM event cancelled and have tried to distance themselves from those who organised it.



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"This has nothing to do with Martin's family who were all in attendance on Saturday. The family has no connection with this group whatsoever and are completely opposed to their aims," the source explained.

Approximately 200 people paid tribute to Mr Doherty on Saturday, who was shot dead by two UVF gunmen who were attempting to bomb a republican event in The Widow Scallan's pub on Pearse Street in May 1994.

Nobody was ever arrested for the killing.

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