Sunday 25 February 2018

Brother of Alan Ryan served with book of evidence for IRA membership

Brian Kavanagh

A BROTHER of murdered dissident republican Alan Ryan and two other men charged with IRA membership were served with a book of evidence at the Special Criminal Court this morning.

Vincent Ryan (22) is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 13th, 2012.

His co-accused Darragh Evans (23) and Nathan Kinsella (33), are also charged with the same offence on the same date. The three men were arrested following paramilitary activity at the funeral of Alan Ryan in early September.

Counsel for Mr Kinsella, Mr Diarmaid McGuinness SC, this morning told the non-jury court that due to an injury criminally inflicted his client was unable to attend the hearing. He said that gardai had been furnished with a medical certificate and accepted Mr Kinsella was unable to leave his house.

Mr McGuinness told the court that there was agreement between parties to relax the signing-on conditions of his client’s bail.

Both Mr Ryan and Mr Evans are additionally charged with firearms offensives as part of a garda investigation in to the murder of Dublin man Michael Kelly in 2011 and will stand trial at the non jury court in October next year.

On September 21st last, Vincent Ryan was charged with the possession of an AKM assault rifle and Webley-make revolver MkV1 at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, Dublin 17 on September 15th 2011. Mr Evans is also charged with the same offence on the same date.

Michael Kelly (30) was shot dead outside an apartment complex on Marsfield Avenue, Clongriffin on September 15th, 2011.

Ms Tara Burns BL, for the State, this morning told the non-jury court that a book of evidence had been served on the three men in respect of the membership charge.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge William Hamill, remanded Mr Ryan and Mr Evans in custody and listed the matter for mention again on January 29th next.

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