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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Murder victim Vincent Ryan refused sit-down with gangster 'Mr Big' after street attack

Vincent Ryan (top right) and his brother Alan Ryan, and the scene at McKee Road in Finglas where Vincent was shot dead
Vincent Ryan (top right) and his brother Alan Ryan, and the scene at McKee Road in Finglas where Vincent was shot dead
Gardaí search gardens of houses near the scene of the shooting dead of Vincent Ryan on McKee Road, Finglas. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Vincent Ryan. Pic: Collins Courts
A burnt-out car at Victoria Bridge, Co Kildare, which gardaí suspect was used as a getaway car in the murder of Vincent Ryan. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Ken Foy

THE country's latest gangland murder victim was urged to have a "sit-down meeting" with the criminal who is suspected of ordering the fatal shooting, but he refused to consider the idea.

Vincent 'Vinny' Ryan was urged by some of his closest associates to have a meeting with the gangster nicknamed 'Mr Big' in the weeks after he was stabbed in the face during a vicious attack in Dublin's north inner city last October.

However, sources have revealed that Ryan (25) refused to entertain the idea that he could sit down and "make peace" with the gangster he blamed for ordering the murder of his older brother Alan.

"It is not the case that Vinny snubbed Mr Big - he hated that man's guts. The situation was that people who really cared about Vinny wanted him to try and reach out for a sit-down to end all the madness that had been going on," a source explained.

"But it never got anywhere because Vinny did not want anything to do with that individual and was never going to meet him.

"Who knows if it would have ever come to anything or if the gang boss would have agreed to it," the source added.

Ryan was subjected to a knife attack on the evening of October 29, which happened in front of his then pregnant 24-year-old partner who was walking with him at Parnell Square North.

There has been much speculation that the non-fatal knife attack was ordered by the 'Mr Big' mob, but this has never been confirmed.

Sources say what is not in doubt is that Ryan and his associates blamed the notorious drugs mob for organising the attack which is believed to have been carried out by a north inner city heroin addict.

Sources believe it is "unlikely" that dissident Republican associates of Ryan will be able to hit back quickly in a revenge attack for Monday's murder.

"Vinny's older brother Alan was murdered well over three years ago and the IRA faction were not able to do anything significant against the drugs gang in all that time, so it is unlikely that they will be able to do anything imminently here either," a source pointed out.

This is despite a revelation last year that a mob linked to Ryan had a car ready to be used at a moment's notice to kill the Coolock gangster who is suspected of organising his brother's murder.

Alan Ryan (32) was shot dead as he walked with friends at Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin, north Dublin, on the afternoon of September 3, 2012.

Sources said detectives have not yet "definitely identified" the tall hitman who carried out the shooting which was captured on CCTV.

Gardaí are now facing the difficult prospect of policing Ryan's funeral after a paramilitary show of force at his brother Alan's funeral.

Details of the funeral have not yet been confirmed but it is expected to take place next week.

Vincent Ryan is believed to have been shot dead because of his bitter opposition to the 'Mr Big' drugs mob.

His dispute with the gangsters led to a number of incidents in which he was targeted by the mob. Last October's stabbing came just six months after gardaí foiled another suspected attempt on his life.

Irish Independent

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