Teen republican is found hanged on holiday island
Published 26/08/2013 | 01:30
Police are probing the death of a popular young Belfast man thought to have taken his own life while on holiday in Majorca.
Ryan Brady (19) was unconscious when police officers responding to an emergency call in the early hours of Saturday morning found him hanging in a public park in the resort town of Magaluf.
Officers tried to revive the teenager but he died before paramedics could arrive.
The park where Ryan was discovered is just a stone's throw from Punta Ballena, which is popular with foreign tourists.
The dead youngster had returned alone to his hotel after leaving friends he had gone out with in the nearby resort of Santa Ponsa.
Police sources said the tragedy was still being probed but said everything was pointing to the west Belfast teenager taking his own life.
They said they had not established any link between the death and an earlier attack in the resort on a British holidaymaker by a gang of up to 10 French tourists.
A friend of Ryan's, who was staying in the same hotel as him, said: "I have no doubt in my mind it was a suicide.
"It's knocked us all for six.
"We'd been out that night in Santa Ponsa and he had come back early alone.
"I think he may have planned it but I don't believe it was down to anything specific. I know he had some problems." Ryan, a republican activist, was mourned yesterday by prominent republicans.
Former Sinn Fein press officer Danny Morrison said Ryan had helped with the West Belfast Festival and was a contributor to the Feile youth committee.
"He was fantastic on the Feile youth committee," said Mr Morrison. "He was very supportive. He was a well-known and well-respected young man who had a future ahead of him.
"He would have asked questions, he was a great contributor.
"Although being so young he was still articulate.
"I met him on three on four occasions and thought 'what a nice kid, what a good kid'.
"It is unbelievable what has happened."
In her tribute, former Sinn Fein Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Tierna Cunningham, referred to Ryan's association with the Mairead Farrell Republican Youth Committee, set up by young Sinn Fein activists in 2011.
She tweeted: "Just heard the devastating news about young Ryan Brady. Rest in Peace a chara [friend], you were a shining light. Was so proud to know you!"
West Belfast MP Paul Maskey tweeted: "Sincere condolences to Ryan Brady's family. Steven Corr and I met his parents earlier. They've asked for privacy. He was a great character."
Sinn Fein member Dominic Sherry Adams tweeted: "Ryan Brady was a proud Republican & founder of Mairead Farrell Republican Youth Committee but more importantly a gentleman who always had a smile on his face."