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Friday 15 December 2017

Family of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan seek inquiry into his death

Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan

Delays in the investigation into the murder of dissident republican Alan Ryan are hampering his family's right to a prompt inquiry into his death, their solicitor has said.

At an update at Dublin Coroner's Court of the garda investigation, solicitor for his family David Thompson said he intends to write to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to ask her to prioritise the case.

Ryan (inset), from Grange Abbey Drive in Donaghmede, Dublin 13, was gunned down on a north Dublin street in broad daylight on September 3, 2012.

He was a leading member of the Real IRA in Dublin and gardai considered him a significant crime figure.

He was killed when a gunman approached him from behind as he walked along Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin with two friends. The gunman opened fire and shot him multiple times.

The inquest into his death was opened in October 2012 and adjourned to allow the garda investigation continue.

It has been mentioned at Dublin Coroner's Court six times since then.

In October last year, Detective Inspector Tony Howard told coroner Dr Brian Farrell that gardai were preparing a file on a person recently arrested as part of the investigation.

Updating the coroner on their progress yesaterday, DI Howard said that since the last mention the DPP has entered a "nolle prosequi" meaning they are no longer pursuing a prosecution for one individual who was before the courts charged with an offence relating to Ryan's death.

An attempt to extradite from the UK another man who is charged with an offence relating to the death failed, he said, and the man remains outside the jurisdiction.

Mr Thompson asked the coroner to make a short adjournment in order to "focus people's minds".

Dr Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on June 8.

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