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Vincent Ryan's family: He was a 'staunch and honourable republican' but not active in the IRA

They have called for ‘an end to senseless violence’.

Murdered Dublin man Vincent Ryan at the funeral of his brother Alan in 2012.
Murdered Dublin man Vincent Ryan at the funeral of his brother Alan in 2012.
Image: Eamonn Farrell

THE FAMILY OF murdered man Vincent Ryan have criticised media coverage of his death, labelling it as “false and misleading”.

In a statement by his brother Dermot Ryan on behalf of the family, the Ryans say that Vincent was a “staunch and honourable republican” but was not in the IRA when he was shot dead.

The family calls for “no retaliation” for his murder.

Ryan was killed on Monday afternoon as he sat in his car in Finglas, he was shot multiple times in the head and died in the Mater Hospital.

Vincent Ryan’s brother Alan Ryan was a prominent member of the Real IRA and was shot dead in 2012.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s funeral, the Ryan family says that Vincent will receive a “traditional republican family funeral”.

“For the avoidance of any doubt he will not receive a military funeral,” they add.

At Alan Ryan’s funeral in in 2012, balaclava-clad men and women wearing paramilitary-style uniforms accompanied the hearse.

In the statement this evening, the Ryans seek to clarify reports about Vincent’s paramilitary history:

On his release from prison he did not report back to the IRA, and from that time has solely been concerned with building his business as a barber and creating a family life with his partner Kelly and new born baby Phoenix and had stepped aside from involvement in Republican activity.

Dermot Ryan says the family wants no retaliation for Vincent’s killing and calls for “an end to the senseless violence being carried out on our streets by drug gangs.”

The family also thanks people who have contact them with support following his murder.

The funeral will take place the following morning at 9.50am in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Donaghmede.

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