Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Real IRA leader's brother charged

There was a show of strength by dissident republicans at the funeral of Alan Ryan
There was a show of strength by dissident republicans at the funeral of Alan Ryan

The brother of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan has been charged with carrying firearms on the day one of Dublin's most notorious drug lords was shot dead.

Vincent Ryan and Darragh Evans were taken before the non-jury Special Criminal Court where they were accused of being in possession of an assault rifle and Webley revolver on September 15, 2011.

Michael Kelly, nicknamed The Panda, was gunned down in broad daylight outside an apartment block in Clongriffin, north Dublin, on the same day.

The 30-year-old was a suspect in several gruesome murders and said to be one of the capital's biggest gangsters.

Ryan, 22, of Grange Avenue Drive in Donaghmede, Evans, 23, of Grange Park Rise in Raheny and a third man, Nathan Kinsella, 33, of Matt Talbot Court in Dublin, were previously charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army on September 13 this year.

They were arrested in connection with the show of strength by dissident republicans at the funeral of Alan Ryan, who was shot dead six days earlier in Donaghmede.

Detective Garda Brendan Mears told the court Ryan and Evans have also been charged with possession of an assault rifle and Webley revolver on Clonsaugh Walk in Coolock.

There was no application for bail. Presiding judge Alison Lindsay remanded all three in custody until October 3.

Dressed in a cream hooded top, Ryan smirked throughout proceedings

The courtroom was packed with family and friends of the men, who applauded at the end of the hearing as the men were escorted out of the court room

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