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Two jailed for helping criminal gang murder Vincent Ryan in Dublin

Two men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for helping a criminal gang murder Vincent Ryan ...
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13.50 31 Jul 2019


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Two jailed for helping criminal gang murder Vincent Ryan in Dublin

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Two men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for helping a criminal gang murder Vincent Ryan in Dublin in 2016.

36-year-old Paul O Beirne from Colepark Drive in Ballyfermot was sentenced to nine years and 37-year-old Jeffrey Morrow of Burnell Court in Coolock was sentenced to 11 years.

The court heard they facilitated a criminal organisation by providing and destroying the car used in the murder of Vincent Ryan.

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The 25-year-old victim, who was shot in the head after dropping his partner and daughter off at her home, was a brother of Real IRA leader Alan Ryan.

Vincent Ryan's partner, Kelly Smyth, spoke outside the court after the sentencing.

"Myself and my family are grateful for the justice that as served today for Vincent," she said.

"I am happy that it is all over and for myself and my daughter's sake, I just want to get on with the rest of my life.

"I would like to thank everybody who was involved in bringing justice to Vincent today.

"He was a great father; he was a great man and we were looking forward to the rest of our lives together.

"Sadly that was cut short."

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Colm Murphy, said the murder was a callous act.

"Today's convictions and sentencing once again show An Garda Síochána's determination in combating organised crime gangs," he said.

"Vincent Ryan's murder was brutal, callous and shocking - carried out in broad daylight in a residential area as young children arrived home from school.

"He had just dropped off his partner and five-week-old daughter; they were only just gone in the door when he was shot in the car outside.

"I would like to thanks the many people who gave evidence during the course of this month-long trial."

Mr Justice Michael White said it was striking how two men who were committed to their children could help to leave a baby without a father.

Reporting from Shane Beatty at the Central Criminal Court


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