A FRIEND of murdered Real IRA faction leader Alan Ryan is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg.
Declan Smith (30), a close associate of Ryan – who was shot dead last September – was found with a gunshot wound to his leg in a housing estate in Saggart, Co Dublin, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Mr Smith, originally from Belfast, is understood to have been living in Dublin since 2007.
He was brought to nearby Tallaght Hospital and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The shooting was the second incident involving one of Ryan's friends in recent months and comes amid reports that Real IRA members from the North have become increasingly active in the terror group's Dublin operations since the Donaghmede man's death.
A man in his 30s was arrested in the hours following the shooting and was detained in Lucan garda station. A garda spokesman said he was still in custody last night and could be held for up to 72 hours.
Nathan Kinsella (33) was shot in the knee and dumped in Ballyfermot, west Dublin, last November.
The kneecapping is thought to have been carried out by Real IRA activists close to the leadership of a new terrorist alliance that has been formed in recent months.
Gardai believe Mr Kinsella was targeted because of his friendship with Ryan.
Ryan (32) was gunned down on September 3 in the Clongriffin area of Dublin's northside.
He had a paramilitary-style funeral where a number of mourners wore uniforms and a volley of shots was fired over his coffin.