Brother of slain RIRA leader Alan Ryan 'cut from ear to ear' in brutal daylight attack
The brother of murdered RIRA boss Alan Ryan was slashed from ear to ear in a brutal daylight attack in Dublin's north inner city.
Well-known republican Vinny Ryan (25) was attacked when he was walking on Parnell Square North at around 4pm on Thursday.
The shocking incident happened in front of a 24-year-old woman who was with him at the time.
"He was cut from ear to ear in this brutal daylight attack. He is still in hospital," a source told the Herald last night.
Ryan, a barber by trade, made his way to Temple Street Children's Hospital and he was immediately transferred to the Mater Hospital, where his injuries are described as non-life-threatening.
Sources said that early indications were that Ryan was attacked by thugs linked to a rival dissident republican faction that he is involved in.
The stab attack happened over three years after Vinny's older brother Alan was shot dead by a major criminal gang in September, 2012.
There are now fears of a dissident Republican bloodbath in the capital after the violent attack.
Last night, the Herald received a statement from a group claiming to be the "newly reformed RIRA" in Dublin which pledged revenge for the attack.
The statement said that the RIRA have "sworn to paint the streets red with the blood of the crime gang that attacked and nearly killed this well-known republican".
The stabbing is being investigated by officers based at Mountjoy Garda Station. No arrests have yet been made.
"Gardai in Mountjoy are investigating a serious stabbing incident which occurred on Parnell Square North on Thursday shortly before 4pm," a garda spokesman said.
"A male, 25 years, received serious injuries to his face as he was walking on Parnell Square North. He was accompanied by a female, 24 years, who was uninjured in the incident.
"He made his way to Temple Street Children's Hospital and was transferred by ambulance shortly afterwards to the Mater Hospital, where his injuries are described as non-life threatening. A scene was preserved for a technical examination."
Vinny Ryan, who is from Donaghmede, has been under active death threat for a number of years from both rival dissident Republicans and the gangsters who ordered the murder of his brother.
In October, 2013, Vinny and his close friend Darragh Evans (25) were cleared by the Special Criminal Court of charges of possession of an assault rifle and a handgun at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, on September 15, 2011 - the very same day in which notorious drugs trafficker Michael 'Micka' Kelly was shot dead.
Kelly - nicknamed 'The Panda' - had been in a deadly feud with Vinny Ryan's brother Alan after he refused to hand over cash to Ryan's Real IRA extortionist gang.
The non-jury court ruled that there was an insufficient evidential basis from which a jury properly directed could find Vinny and his co-accused Evans were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Both men had pleaded not guilty to the possession of an AKM assault rifle and Webley- make revolver MkV1 at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, on September 15, 2011.
The court heard that the garda investigation in to the offence began after an incident involving the discharging of a firearm on Marsfield Avenue in Clongriffin on September 15, 2011. This was the daylight execution of 'Micka' Kelly, who had been in a long-running dispute with the Real IRA.
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