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Second suspect is charged over gun murder of Ryan

A DUBLIN man has become the second person to be charged in connection with the murder of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.

The suspect, who is originally from Donaghmede but had also been living in Laytown, Co Meath, was due in court today on charges of withholding information in relation to the gun murder.

It comes a day after a 39-year-old man was heckled and told he should be "f***ing shot" when he appeared in court on the same charge.


Father-of-two Thomas Hunt, of Canon Lillis Avenue, north Dublin, was charged at Dublin District Court with withholding information that might have been of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of a person for the killing.

The suspect before court today is a 27-year-old who was arrested by gardai at a district court sitting on Thursday morning of last week after returning to the country from abroad.

The man had been held at Coolock Garda Station since then and questioned before being released without charge at around 11pm yesterday.

He was then immediately re-arrested and charged with withholding information about the high-profile gun murder.

It is understood that "significant progress" has been made in the investigation in recent days with dozens of officers studying phone records, CCTV and carrying out surveillance.

Sources say that the suspect was on friendly terms with some of the major gangsters who organised Ryan's murder.

For Thomas Hunt's appearance yesterday the courtroom was cleared except for journalists and family members.

Two men in the public gallery initially refused to budge. When the pair got up, the second man shouted "tiocfaidh ar la" , and looked in the direction of Mr Hunt before adding "you should be f***ing shot."

They were escorted from the courtroom.

Hunt was remanded in custody with consent to bail and will appear again at Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.