Monday 5 December 2016

Man suspected of being involved in Vincent Ryan murder released

Cathal McMahon

Published 22/03/2016 | 09:56

A man suspected of being directly involved in the murder of Vincent 'Vinnie' Ryan has been released after seven days of questioning.

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A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The 33-year-old man, with an address in Finglas, had been arrested last Tuesday, March 15 under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007. He was questioned by gardai for the last seven days.

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.

A woman, aged in her early 20s, was arrested by officers investigating Ryan's murder on Monday.

She is being detained at Finglas garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act on suspicion of withholding information about the shooting

She became the fifth person arrested as part of the investigation - one man and one woman remain in custody.

The 25-year-old known as Vinnie was gunned down as he sat in a car on McKee Road, Finglas, north Dublin on February 29 -- four years on from the murder of his brother Real IRA chief Alan in a feud.

The white Volkswagen Golf had been parked outside a house where his girlfriend Kelly Smyth was with his baby daughter Phoenix.

He was buried two weeks ago after a large funeral in his native Donaghmede.

Gardai have renewed their appeal for anyone with information on the murder to contact Finglas garda station on 01-666 7500 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111

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