Monday 19 March 2018

'I pray every night for justice' says daughter of slain Bobby Ryan

Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan
The Ryan family at the removal of Bobbie Ryan in Cashel. Mr Ryan's body was found in a slurry pit at a farm near Bansha, Co. Tipperary. (Inset: Bobby Ryan) Newsdesk Newsdesk

The daughter of a murdered man whose body was left in a disused slurry tank has promised not to rest until her father gets justice.

Michelle Ryan said her family were still campaigning for justice two years after the body of her father, Bobby Ryan, was found.

"Every night you replay the same ordeal in your head, I don’t know what kind of miracle I’m promising to perform, but I’m promising before I leave this planet that justice is going to be done for him," she said.

“Nobody deserves to be taken off the planet like that, and not have anyone around to say goodbye. His life was cut short. He loved life.

"Look at the torture this family are going through. Daddy wouldn't have harmed a mouse. There is no explanation anybody can hand me for this."

In an interview with the Sunday World today, Ms Ryan urged anyone with information about her father's disappearance four years ago to come forward.

"Even the smallest bit of information could be a very big milestone in helping us get justice."

"People say time is a healer, but it’s not when someone is taken in that fashion. I have felt every minute of the last four years since he’s gone," she added.

Mr Ryan (52) had been classified as a missing person for almost two years before the grim discovery on April 30, 2013.

The father-of-two, who used the stage name Mr Moonlight when he worked weekends as a DJ, had left his partner's house shortly after 6am on the morning he disappeared in June 2011.

His remains were found in a slurry tank two years ago by farmer Pat Quirke.

Mr Quirke was charged with assault causing harm to Mr Ryan’s partner Mary Lowry at Fawnagown in Tipperary town in 2012.

He was also charged with burglary at the same address later that year.

All charges were dropped last year.

Mr Quirke is Ms Lowry’s former brother-in-law and was renting lands from her when he found the human remains.

Gardai have said they are pursuing several active lines of inquiry into Mr Ryan's disappearance, and last week said they were prepare to complete a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“Justice is very big part in the anger and hurt that we’re feeling," said Ms Ryan. "It is hard to put into words. He had to wait two years for a proper funeral."

"I pray each night that he is at rest and justice is going to be done."

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