Tom Brady: They won't be so cocky when officers come knocking
Published 10/09/2012 | 17:00
GARDAI wisely opted to avoid a major confrontation when paramilitary activists fired a volley of shots over the coffin of terror boss and criminal Alan Ryan outside the family home.
Immediate intervention by the large party of gardai present at the funeral would have sparked off ugly clashes with the dissident republicans from both sides of the Border.
The sight of members of a garda public order unit moving into the mourners in an attempt to arrest the armed thugs would have caused intense distress to Ryan's family, neighbours and friends, who were there to pay their respects quietly.