Jim Cusack: Kneecap victim linked to Ryan and dissidents
The man found shot in the leg in Saggart, Co Kildare, early yesterday is a Belfast man with links to dissident republicans who moved to Dublin five years ago.
The man, in his 30s, had in recent years been an associate of the Dublin 'Real' IRA leader Alan Ryan, who was shot dead last September. He attended Ryan's funeral. He was also pictured on holiday with Ryan and other associates at a health spa in Budapest last summer.
It is understood that elements of the dissident republicans in Dublin have recently been subjected to a purge ordered by figures in the North. This is understood to have been prompted by the failure of the Dublin dissidents to send money – earned from extortion and other rackets – across the Border.