Real IRA figure gunned down (News Letter)
A LEADING dissident republican terror figure has been killed and an associate injured in a gangland-style gun attack in north Dublin.

The victim, named locally as Alan Ryan, has several previous convictions and is known by detectives for his links with the Real IRA (RIRA).

The 32-year-old was notorious for racketeering – extorting cash from drug dealers and businessmen across the city and demanding protection money from firms.

He was previously convicted of taking part in a RIRA weapons training camp in Meath in 2001 and served time for possession of a firearm in a separate incident.

A Garda source said: “He was very dangerous. He won’t be missed. Anyone could have done this. Even one of his own.”

The daylight shooting happened in the Grange Lodge estate in Clongriffin at about 3.30pm on Monday.

Ryan was shot in the head near his home and was rushed to Beaumont hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The second man was shot in the leg.

A burnt-out car was discovered a short time later on Hole in the Wall Road and both scenes have been sealed off pending a forensic technical examination.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Ryan was due to go on trial – along with three other men – for threatening a city-centre publican and making him cease trading within 24 hours.

Pub owner John Stokes, father of Celtic star Anthony Stokes, was also charged over allegations he threatened a business rival.

Stokes had also been ordered to remove a massive 40ft banner barring the Queen from his pub, the Players Lounge in Fairview.

The men were brought before the court just days before Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit to Ireland last year and released on bail.

Ryan, who had attended several anti-royal protests ahead of the visit, was kept under surveillance throughout the landmark trip and spotted driving around Dublin city as the British monarch carried out engagements.

He was previously quizzed about the murder of Sean Winters, who was shot dead near Portmarnock DART station in September 2010.

It is believed Winters was shot by a Real IRA terror gang waging war with crime gangs in Dublin – a gang detectives view as criminal rather than political.

It is understood criminals had tried to take out some of Ryan’s gang members two months earlier during a shooting at the Players Lounge but three innocent people – a doorman and two customers – were shot instead.

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