Tuesday 23 May 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

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
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

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.

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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