Monday 20 February 2017

New IRA hedonism led to second Ryan murder

Old-school republican terrorist 'decency' has long since given way to drug-dealing and gangsterism, writes Jim Cusack

Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30

Paramilitary: Alan Ryan, who used his position in the Real IRA to intimidate and tax drug cartels in Dublin, was given a republican-style funeral Photo: David Conachy
Paramilitary: Alan Ryan, who used his position in the Real IRA to intimidate and tax drug cartels in Dublin, was given a republican-style funeral Photo: David Conachy
Shot dead: Vinnie Ryan Photo: Collins Courts

The former chief of staff of the Provisional IRA, the man who oversaw the massive bombing campaign in England in the 1990s, lives in a farm labourer's cottage in north County Monaghan.

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In his 70s, he has very clearly never benefited financially from the 'secret revolutionary organisation', as outlined in the 1916 Proclamation.

He is unlike the many latter-day Provos, who have become millionaires from organised crime, and is a very far cry from the likes of Vinnie Ryan, who was machine-gunned to death last week as he munched on a breakfast roll in his parked car in McKee Road, Finglas.

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