Thursday 19 September 2019

Brother of slain dissident faces gun charges over gangland killing

Vincent Ryan (left), brother of slain dissident Alan, being brought to the Special Criminal Court yesterday
Vincent Ryan (left), brother of slain dissident Alan, being brought to the Special Criminal Court yesterday

Mark O'Regan and Tom Brady

A BROTHER of slain dissident republican Alan Ryan was one of two men charged as a result of the investigation into the murder of gangland boss Michael 'Mica' Kelly.

The two have already been charged with IRA membership following paramilitary activity at Ryan's funeral in Donaghmede earlier this month.

Vincent Ryan (22), of Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede, was additionally charged in the Special Criminal Court with possession of an AKM assault rifle and Webley revolver MkV1 at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, on September 15, 2011.

Darragh Evans (23), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, was also charged with the same offence on the same date.

Michael "Mica" Kelly (30), who was regarded by gardai as a gangland boss, was shot dead outside an apartment complex at Marsfield Avenue, Clongriffin, on September 15 last year.

He was shot several times as he left the complex and was walking towards a friend, who had been waiting for him in a parked car.

The father of three, who had an address at Swans Nest Road, Kilbarrack, had been warned by gardai that his life was in danger and as a result spent a lot of time on mainland Europe.

Kelly was regarded as a "facilitator" for drug trafficking gangs because of his contacts and was said to have been responsible for a series of large drugs shipments imported into the country.

Det Garda Brendan Mears, of Coolock station, said that he met the two accused men in the confines of the court and explained to them the reason for their arrest.

He said neither made any reply.

The two men, along with co-accused Nathan Kinsella (33), of Matt Talbot Court in Dublin city centre, were last week charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on September 13 last.

There was no application for bail.

However, presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler approved an application for legal aid, made by solicitor Michael Finucane, on behalf of Vincent Ryan.

Mr Justice Butler, sitting with Ms Justice Alison Lindsay and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded the men in custody to appear before the non-jury court again on Wednesday, October 3.

There was a shout in Irish and loud applause from a packed public gallery as the men were led away from the dock.

Irish Independent

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