GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE fatal shooting of Real IRA member Alan Ryan in September have arrested two men.
Aged in their late 20s and late 30s, the suspects are being detained at Coolock Garda Station under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. They can be held for questioning for seven days after which detectives will have to charge or release them.
Early last month, a man in his late 40s was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of the 31-year-old father.
Ryan was known to Gardaí for his links with the Real IRA. He was convicted of taking part in a training camp in Meath in 2001 and, on another occasion, was found guilty of a firearms possession.
More recently he took part in protests against Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland in May 2011.
He was shot dead in Clongriffin in Dublin on the afternoon of 3 September this year. A burnt-out car was discovered by gardai on Hole in the Wall Road shortly after they attended the shooting scene.
Certain events at Ryan’s funeral, including mourners dressing up in paramilitary-style uniforms and a gun salute, were described as reprehensible by the Justice Minister Alan Shatter and led to a major operation by Gardaí. Seventeen people were arrested as part of that investigation. Three men, including Ryan’s younger brother Vincent, were subsequently charged for being members of an illegal organisation.