Monday 19 November 2018

Gardai swoop on dissidents after Real IRA funeral display

Riot gardai at Fingal cemetery for the burial of Real IRA member Alan Ryan
Ryan (Alan): Appears on charges making demands with menace from Shane and Steven Simpson, Dublin District Court, 13-5-11Pic shows: Alan Ryan (31), Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede, leaving court yesterday (Fri.) where he appeared on charges of making demands with menace from Shane and Steven Simpson of the Castle Pub in Summerhill Dublin 1 in March last.Pic: Courtpix
08/09/12The funeral of Alan Ryan took place in The Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede Dublin this afternoon ,Ryan - known by detectives for his links with the Real IRA - died in Beaumont Hospital after he was shot on Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin on Monday afternoon.?Pic Collins Photos***DO NOT CREDIT***
Paramilitaries put on a display at the funeral of dissident republican Alan Ryan who was shot dead last week
Mourners carrying the coffin of Alan Ryan
Onlookers at the funeral of Alan Ryan yesterday were shocked to see a paramilitarystyle display with masked men in full military garb accompanying the coffin as it made its way through a north Dublin suburb. Photo: David Conachy
Ryan (Alan): Appears on charges making demands with menace from Shane and Steven Simpson, Dublin District Court, 13-5-11Pic shows: Alan Ryan (31), Grange Abbey Drive, Donaghmede, leaving court yesterday (Fri.) where he appeared on charges of making demands with menace from Shane and Steven Simpson of the Castle Pub in Summerhill Dublin 1 in March last.Pic: Courtpix

Ed Carty

A NUMBER of arrests were made this morning over a Real IRA show of strength at the funeral of murdered terror boss Alan Ryan at the weekend.

A group of men dressed in combat gear fired a volley of shots over the coffin of Ryan on Saturday in Dublin.



In follow-up operations, gardai carried out a series of raids on homes across Co Dublin and neighbouring counties from 6am this morning.



A garda spokesman said the operation is ongoing and while a number of arrests have been made, further arrests cannot be ruled out.



Ryan was head of a Real IRA faction in Dublin and had been linked to extortion rackets.



The 32-year-old was murdered in broad daylight when a gunman shot him several times in the grounds of an apartment complex in Clongriffin, north Dublin, on Monday September 3.



Scores of dissident republican supporters attended the funeral in Dublin.



Gardai said 14 arrests were made in the first two hours of the operation - 13 men and one woman.



The raids focused on homes in Dublin, Kildare and Meath.



Operation Ambience was launched by gardai after a number of masked men fired shots over Ryan's tricolour-draped coffin on Grange Abbey Drive.



Mourners attempted to shield the gunmen from onlooking gardai and cameras as they changed out of combat gear and masks in a van at the house.



Gardai said the raids were in response to possession and discharge of firearms and dissident republican activity.



The suspects were detained at a number garda stations in Dublin and Meath under section 30 of the Offences against the State Act 1939.



More than 200 gardai, including members of the Special Detective Unit, Emergency Response Unit, local detectives and uniformed officers and the Garda Dog Unit, were involved in the morning raids.



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