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Ciaran Ryan named as man accused of carrying gun on Dublin to Belfast train

By Andrew Phelan

A judge has lifted an order that had banned the media from naming a man accused of carrying a loaded gun on a Dublin to Belfast train.

Ciaran Ryan (23) can now be identified as the man alleged to have had a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition seized by gardai on a train at Connolly Station in July.

Judge Victor Blake lifted the reporting ban following an application by the media, after Mr Ryan's solicitor could provide no legal basis for its continuation. This follows a similar move by Judge Alan Mitchell, who last month ruled the press could identify co-accused Nikita Murtagh (20).

Both defendants had been subject of a gagging order imposed by Judge Gerard Jones after they were first arrested and brought to court in July.

Their solicitors had sought those orders "for safety concerns" and repeatedly opposed the media's requests in court to have them lifted.

The case against Mr Ryan was adjourned yesterday for the directions of the Irish DPP to be made available, while Ms Murtagh will be sent for trial when a book of evidence is ready.

Mr Ryan, from Summerhill and Ms Murtagh, from Mariner's Port, both in Dublin, are each charged with three firearms offences at Connolly Station on July 19. The pair have been refused bail and are currently in custody.

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