Real IRA plot to kill cash row brothers

Alan Ryan. Photo: Collins

Ken Foy Crime correspondent

THE Real IRA plans to kidnap, question, torture and murder two west Dublin brothers in the latest internal dissident Republican cash row.

The brothers, who live in the Blanchardstown and Ongar areas of the capital, have been officially warned by gardai of an "imminent and active" threat against their lives.

Senior sources have revealed that the people who took control of the Real IRA after last year's murder of terror chief Alan Ryan have accused the pair of large-scale theft.

The Herald understands that the issue centres on extortion and protection rackets on the city's northside, and the fact that the brothers are said to have been "using the IRA's name to get cash".

"There is a very credible threat against these individuals – make no mistake about that," a garda source said.

"Extra patrols have been keeping an eye on both (their) houses in recent weeks."


"The plan seems to be to abduct them, and what would happen to them would be very grisly to say the least."

Both brothers, who are aged in their 30s, were considered major players in the Real IRA in Dublin, but are now targets of their former associates.

One of them was previously involved in a bitter row with Alan Ryan's mob, which led him to being shot in an incident in north Dublin.

He had been targeted by Ryan's gang on at least three previous occasions.

At one point during 2011, Ryan and an associate were on the verge of murdering him in Lucan, but they got spooked while under surveillance by gardai.

The same man was also arrested at the scene of the gun murder of dissident Republican Peter Butterly at the Huntstown Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath, last March, but was later released without charge.

Sources said he could have been shot himself, only he turned up late for the bogus "peace meeting".