Younger brother of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan shot dead in daylight attack
Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30
The younger brother of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan has been shot dead in a horror daylight attack.
The murder of well-known dissident Republican Vinny Ryan took place at 3pm yesterday. The 25-year-old was shot as he sat alone in a car parked outside a house on McKee Road in Finglas, West Dublin.
Ryan had earlier dropped his infant child and female partner at the property, but they were not in Ryan's white VW golf when it was targeted by a two-man hit team who "riddled" Ryan with bullets.
The getaway car, a silver or grey VW Golf, was later found burnt out in Co Kildare. Sources said a machine pistol using 9mm bullets may have been used in the brutal shooting.
Ryan was rushed to the Mater Hospital with head and chest injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly after 9pm.
Gardaí were last night drawing up plans to monitor criminals attached to the notorious 'Mr Big' drugs gang, who are the chief suspects for the attack.
The same gang is believed to have been behind the murder of Ryan's older brother Alan (32), who was also shot dead in broad daylight on the quiet Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin, north Dublin, in September 2012.
It's believed Ryan's killers may have been monitoring his movements for a number of weeks and the shooting was well planned.
Superintendent John Quirke at Finglas Garda station, last night appealed for any witnesses in the McKee Road to come forward.
He also urged anyone who saw the silver/Grey VW Golf in the Finglas area before or after the shooting to contact the incident room set up in Finglas.
"A car has been found burnt out in the Victoria Bridge area on the Naas to Rathangan Road which may be involved in the shooting. It has been preserved for a technical examination," he said.
Witnesses to the attack described hearing what sounded like "machine-gun fire" with six or seven shots being discharged before a car sped away from the scene.
The incident took place near a secondary school, where classes had just finished for the day, and shocked students came across the aftermath of the gangland hit along the McKee Road.
One neighbour, who asked not to be named, told the Irish Independent her young son came upon the scene on his way home from school.
"This guy was around here regularly in his car, so all the kids knew him. He was sitting in the car eating a roll. He was riddled, there were that many bullets on the street," she said.
"The guards were on the scene straight away. They were here within a matter of seconds."
Members of the elite Armed Response Unit patrolled the Finglas area in the aftermath of the shooting, while gardaí and detectives cordoned off a large portion of the road where the attack happened.
A friend of the Ryan family last night said close relatives had maintained a bedside vigil at the Mater Hospital through the afternoon and evening.
While associates of 'Mr Big' are the main suspects, another criminal gang, led by murdered Michael 'Micca' Kelly, may also be in the frame.
Kelly, nicknamed 'The Panda', was gunned down on September 15, 2011, in Clongriffin as he visited his girlfriend.
His killers reversed their getaway car over Kelly's body as they made their getaway.