THE LORD MAYOR of Dublin has added his voice to the growing number of authority figures who have spoken out about events surrounding the funeral of Real IRA member Alan Ryan at the weekend.
Ryan was shot dead in Clongriffin in Dublin 13 last Monday afternoon. His funeral on Saturday was attended by mourners wearing paramilitary clothing and balaclavas who marched alongside his coffin, which was draped in a tricolour.
A number of shots were fired into the air as Ryan’s coffin was removed from his house to a nearby church and armed Gardaí were reported to have been at the scene.
“This type of display is wholly unacceptable and belongs firmly in the past on this island,” Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said this afternoon.
“This incident had the potential to erupt into a serious public order problem,” he said.
Ó Muirí praised the actions of the Gardaí who were present at the funeral on Saturday for ensuring the situation was “contained”.
Gardaí at Clontarf have established an incident room to investigate the firing of a number of shots into the air at the funeral.