Ryan family: Vincent didn't supply AK47s for attack at Regency Hotel
Published 05/03/2016 | 17:14
The brother of murdered Vincent Ryan has pleaded for no retaliation for the killing.
In a statement, released to independent.ie, Dermot Ryan has also called for "an end to the senseless violence being carried out on our streets by drug gangs".
Speaking on behalf of his family Dermot said his brother was not a member of the IRA at the time of his death. He added that Vinnie, 25, was solely concerned with building his business as a barber and creating a family life with his partner Kelly and newborn baby Phoenix.
The family criticised some of the media commentary which they described as "false and misleading".
Vinnie Ryan, also a brother of murdered Real IRA chief Alan Ryan, was shot dead in a white volkswagen Golf registered to a company owned by Regency gun victim and Kinahan gang member David Byrne.
Dermot wrote: "It has been alleged that Vincent was driving a car previously owned by a drug dealer, Vincent purchased the car from a well known garage in the Dublin area, and we have provided the Garda with the purchase documents and the identity of the garage and asked them to investigate the matter. Vincent just like any other citizen who purchases a car in a garage would not be aware of who the previous owners were."
They also refuted claims that Vinnie was involved in the Regency bloodbath.
"It has also been alleged that Vincent was questioned in relation to the provision of AK 47’s used in the Regency Hotel attack, this allegation is totally without foundation."
The statement continues: "Vincent was a staunch and honourable Republican and held his beliefs until his death.
"On his release from prison he did not report back to the IRA, and from that time has solely been concerned with building his business as a barber and creating a family life with his partner Kelly and new born baby Phoenix and had stepped aside from involvement in Republican activity."
The family confirmed that Vinnie will be buried on Tuesday following mass at Holy Trinity Church Donaghmeade. It will be a "traditional Republican family funeral" the statement said.
"For the avoidance of any doubt he will not receive a military funeral. We would ask that the media and the State would allow us to bury him with honour and dignity.
"The family calls for no retaliation and for an end to the senseless violence being carried out on our streets by drug gangs.
"We are proud and honoured to have known and loved Vincent for his short life."