€30,000 bounty on Vinnie Ryan's head
The crime gang suspected of having Vinnie Ryan killed are believed to have placed a €30,000 bounty on the RIRA thug’s head in July.
The republican had been officially warned by gardai in January that he was under threat by the same gang that murdered his brother Alan (32) in September 2012.
The 25-year-old was gunned down in a drive-by attack in Finglas, north Dublin, on Monday.
The gunmen fired off 13 rounds, hitting Ryan in the head, shoulders and neck.
He was reportedly revived in the ambulance before later losing his fight for life in the Mater Hospital.
It is suspected that 'Mr Big' ordered the assassination after he received an official Garda Information Message form, warning him that he was being targeted by Vinnie Ryan and a small group of associates.
The Irish Sun report that gardai had received intelligence that Mr Big had offered €30,000 to a number of gangs in the capital to target Ryan.
However, the theory that Ryan was whacked by his own republican gang has not yet been ruled out.