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Death threat made to murder accused

A death threat was made to a man charged in connection with the murder of Real IRA terror boss Alan Ryan.

Associates of the republican shouted "he should be f****** shot" before Thomas Hunt was brought before Dublin District Court for withholding information.

Ryan was shot dead on September 3 while walking with an associate on Grange Lodge Avenue, Clongriffin, north Dublin.

The 32-year-old's Real IRA faction was involved in extortion and intimidation of drug dealers and racketeering against pub and club owners. Hunt, 39, is the first person to be charged in relation to Ryan's murder.

The court room was cleared, with just Hunt's family members, gardai, solicitors and members of the media allowed to remain for the hearing, which was held under the Bail Act.

Judge Patricia McNamara called on all members of the public not involved with the hearing to leave but two men, who identified themselves as friends of the slain IRA boss, refused to go.

"Alan was our friend," said one. "That scumbag over there."

As gardai removed the men from court number two of the he added: "Tiocfaidh ar la. He should be f****** shot."

Despite objections to bail over fears he could flee the jurisdiction, Hunt was freed by pending the payment of a bond of 6,000 euro and independent surety of 10,000 euro. Conditions include signing on at a Garda station three days a week, providing gardai with a mobile number, not applying for a new passport and not to interfere with witnesses.

The suspect and another man were arrested last Thursday under special anti-gang laws. A Garda spokesman confirmed the second man remains in custody.

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