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Saturday 22 September 2018

Pal of slain RIRA boss Ryan held after drugs bust

One man was a close associate of slain RIRA boss Alan Ryan
One man was a close associate of slain RIRA boss Alan Ryan

A close associate of murdered Real IRA boss Alan Ryan has been arrested following a drugs bust in south Dublin.

The man and his father were arrested on the Naas Road, Dublin 12, where gardai recovered around €30,000 of cannabis resin.

The seizure was carried out shortly after midnight yesterday by officers from Sundrive Road Garda Station.

Mourner

The son, aged in his 20s, was a prominent mourner at the funeral of Ryan and was considered to be very close to the dissident republican leader.

Ryan (32) was shot dead in September 2012, in what gardai suspect was an assassination ordered by the 'Mr Big' drug gang.

The father detained in relation to yesterday's drug seizure, who is aged in his 50s, was previously arrested in relation to the murder of James Kavanagh in 2004.

Kavanagh was stabbed to death in the Irishtown area just yards from his home.

Last night, gardai were continuing to question the father and son in relation to the drugs bust.

It has emerged the pair were travelling along the Naas Road in the capital when three gardai pulled them over when it was spotted there was a broken break light on their car.

The new garda recruits - the most experienced having been with the force for just 18 months - became suspicious and searched the vehicle.

During the course of the search, the drugs were discovered, concealed in a spare tyre in the boot.

The two men were last night being held at Sundrive Road and Kilmainham Garda Stations on suspicion of drug trafficking. A source praised the diligence of the young gardai which led to the drug haul being confiscated.

"This was a routine stop, but due to their diligence they managed to seize €30,000 worth of drugs," the insider said.

"The most experienced of the pair is only in the job one-and-a-half years and made a good call in deciding to search the vehicle."

The two arrested men are originally from the Donaghmede area and have close links to dissident republicans.

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