Wednesday 23 January 2019

Priest insists no tension in area after Ryan graffiti

Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan

THE parish priest of a church subjected to a vile graffiti attack on the second anniversary of the assassination of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan said there are no tensions in the community since the incident.

Holy Trinity Church in Donaghmede was defaced in blood-red graffiti last Wednesday, ahead of the second anniversary of the death of Ryan.

The roof the church was sprayed with two threatening messages against Ryan's younger brother Vinny (24) and a nearby wall was also defaced with the words 'Alan Ryan rot in hell'.

It is suspected that the gang that had Ryan murdered carried out the attack on the church.

But by last night the graffiti had been painted over and Fr Eoin McCrystal said the matter had been "dealt with".

When asked by the Herald if he wanted to say anything to the community about the attack, Fr McCrystal said: "Ah, no absolutely not that was dealt with and everything, so we're grand you know."

It was reported by this newspaper last week that tensions in the area were high ahead of Ryan's anniversary.

However, the parish priest stated that there were no issues now.

Asked if there was any level of threat or any tensions, Fr McCrystal answered: "Absolutely none."

Friends and family met on Saturday at the murdered Real IRA chief's home and march to Balgriffin cemetery where the criminal is buried.

Members of the Special Detective Unit as well as uniformed gardai watched the commemoration.

Ryan's grave had already been defaced last year with red spray paint reading 'rat scum'. ahead of the first anniversary of his death

The same people believed to be behind the latest spate of graffiti is also suspected of attacking Ryan's grave last year.

Ryan was shot dead by the drugs gang led by "Mr Big" on the afternoon of September 3, 2012. It followed a massive cash row between the two mobs.

He was killed as he walked with friends at Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin.

There have been a number of arrests in the case, including that of a north-Dublin woman based in northern Ireland.


The woman was picked up by detectives last month on suspicion of withholding information about Ryan's murder and a separate double killing carried out by the same gang.

Ryan's brother Vinny is now understood to be living in Co Kildare. He was cleared last October at the Special Criminal Court of charges of possession of an assault rifle and a handgun in September, 2011.

Before his death, Ryan was considered by gardai to be a leading member of the Dublin branch of the RIRA.


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