Saturday 10 December 2016

Exclusive: 'We're going to dig up Alan Ryan's body and put it on display' - chilling threat as gangsters spotted at cemetery

Cathal McMahon

Published 14/03/2016 | 18:58

Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan. Photo: Collins Court

A DANGEROUS gang led by the criminal known as ‘Mr Big’ have made chilling threats to “dig up” the body of slain terror boss Alan Ryan.

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The drug-dealing mob are the chief suspects for the murder of both Alan and his brother Vinnie, who was laid to rest last week.

Now they have warned the gang will continue to target the North Dublin family.

Independent.ie has also learned that a series of hoax online accounts have been created to mock the murdered brothers.

Vinnie Ryan (25) was gunned down moments after dropping his girlfriend at her home in Finglas two weeks ago.

His brother, Real IRA chief Alan (32), was killed by a hitman as he walked near his Donaghmede home in September 2012.

The family, who recently called for no retaliation for Vinnie’s murder, have been subjected to a series of attacks by the ‘Mr Big’ mob over the last four years.

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Now a well-placed source has revealed: “A number of gang members were spotted hanging around Alan and Vincent’s grave in Fingal cemetery.

“The family have been told that this gang wants to dig up Alan’s body and put it on display. They are still tormenting the family. It’s sick.”

Family friend and criminologist Malachy Steenson said: “There has been wave after wave of attacks on this family by this drug dealing gang. People may ask if this threat is real or if it is credible.

“But if you look at what they have already done then there is no doubt in my mind but that they are capable of this.”

He explained that mum Marion is “terrified” that every time one of her family members goes outside the door they are going to be killed.

He continued: "Republicans are taking these threats very seriously but appear to lack the ability to take on these gangs.

"It is now time for the state to protect its citizens."

The bizarre threat to dig up Alan Ryan’s remains is similar to a scene in crime drama Love/Hate where character Fran, played by Peter Coonan, dug up the remains of  the mother of ‘Noely’, played by real life criminal Stephen Clinch.

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