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How we reported on Ryan's reign of terror in capital

THE Herald has chronicled Alan Ryan's criminal "career" path as the Real IRA man's outfit expanded its influence -- and gained some very dangerous enemies in Dublin's gangland.

JULY 9, 2010 - "Don's Pal Shot Dead": The Herald reported that Colin 'Collie' Owens (25) was gunned down on an industrial estate near Finglas.

JULY 26, 2010 - "Hitman's Pub Shooting Spree": Three innocent people were seriously injured when a gunman opened fire in the Players Lounge, Fairview. Gardai believe it was an attempt to 'wipe out' Ryan.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 - "Bloody Murder": The Herald headline told how a bloody gang war had broken out in Dublin, leading to the murder of Sean Winters.

MAY 12, 2011 - "Queen: RIRA Boss Arrest": Ryan was one of three men held in early morning raids in Dublin during a security clampdown ahead of the queen's visit.

MAY 19, 2011 - "Mr Wrecker": We pictured Ryan at the head of ugly protests at Dublin Castle during the queen's visit.

AUGUST 30, 2011 - "Hitman held for Triple Shooting": A man in his 30s was arrested and later released by gardai investigating the shooting outside the Players Lounge.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 - "Banker Clue to 'Panda' Murder": A former banker was said to hold the key to the murder of one of the country's most feared drugs barons, Michael 'Mica' Kelly, nicknamed The Panda.

MARCH 17, 2012 - "Mister Big": We profiled a secretive gang boss and photographed the most wanted criminal in the capital. He is a suspect in Ryan's murder.

MAY 12, 2012 - "Man's Finger Hacked off by Torture Gang": Jason O'Connor's fingers were chopped off after suffering a beating in Fairview. Ryan was said to be responsible.

JUNE 5, 2012 - RIRA Gang are Chief Suspects in €40k Raid on Pub": Gardai were investigating whether a dissident RIRA gang led by Ryan was involved in the armed robbery of €40,000 from the Greyhound on Blanchardstown's Main Street on Monday, May 21.

JULY 20, 2012 - "Real IRA Mob Rob €200k Cash from Mr Big's Drug Gang": We reported on how Ryan's Real IRA gang stole money that was being delivered by truck to rivals.

SEPT 4, 2012 - "4 Gangs Pay to Kill Ryan". We reported that four different Dublin gangs had clubbed together to murder the Real IRA terror boss.


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