Tuesday 21 February 2017

Gardaí question two men over Ryan murder

Ken Foy

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

Vinnie Ryan was shot and killed
Vinnie Ryan was shot and killed

Gardaí were last night continuing to question two men who were arrested in dawn raids by officers investigating the gangland murder of dissident republican Vinnie Ryan (29).

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As part of yesterday's operation, gardaí raided a number of properties in the Ballyfermot and Finglas areas and seized items including phones.

The two arrested men, both in their 30s, were being detained at Finglas and Blanchardstown Garda Stations.

One of the suspects was being held for withholding information about Ryan's murder.

But the other arrested man, a 33-year-old with an address in Finglas, is suspected of being directly involved in the fatal shooting incident.

He was formerly a member of the mob which was led by slain gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and has served a number of lengthy prison sentences. He also has almost 100 previous criminal convictions.

His previous convictions include possession of drugs and weapons as well as fraud offences, and he was part of an armed robbery gang which were busted in a high-profile operation a number of years ago.

Vinnie Ryan was shot three times in front of his distraught partner, Kelly Smyth, on the afternoon of February 29.

Ms Smyth had previously witnessed Vinnie being savagely stabbed in the face last October, when she was heavily pregnant with their child.

It is understood that gardaí have also been investigating whether the stab attack was carried out on the orders of the 'Mr Big' gang, who are also suspected of murdering his older brother, Alan, in September, 2012.

It emerged at Ryan's funeral last week that the last conversation with his partner was about getting married.

Ms Smyth, the mother of his six-week-old baby, told mourners at the service that they were best friends.

"You weren't only my boyfriend, you were my best friend, my soulmate and father to our little girl, Phoenix. I have now lost all of that," she said.

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