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Published 05/12/2012 | 05:00

A RETALIATORY strike by the dissident republican group the Real IRA was regarded as inevitable after the murder of the leader of their Dublin faction, Alan Ryan, last September.

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Ryan was shot dead at Clongriffin on the orders of the heads of three major crime gangs because of a continuing feud between the two sides over money.

The flamboyant terrorist liked to portray himself as a champion of the working-class districts of the capital, who toiled tirelessly to rid them of the scourge of drug traffickers.

In reality, he and his associates was putting the squeeze on the traffickers to pay the Real IRA a slice of the profits from their criminal activities as a form of republican 'tax'.

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