October 23rd, 2016

Gallery: EXCLUSIVE: Vinnie Ryan remembered in Dublin

Crime DeskBy Sunday World

Tributes to the murdered republican were snapped on walls in the area where his funeral is likely to take place.

Slain RIRA thug Vinnie Ryan has been remembered through messages inscribed on walls in Dublin city.

The graffiti appeared around the location where Ryan’s funeral is likely to take place either this weekend or early next week.

Family friend Malachy Steenson suggested on the Joe Duffy show today that the funeral could take place this Saturday.

Ryan was blasted a number of times in the face and body as he sat in a car on McKee Road in Finglas shortly before 3.15pm on Monday.

He was rushed to hospital but died the same evening.

Ryan had been warned repeatedly by gardai about threats to his life from a north Dublin drug gang.

He survived a vicious knife attack in October last year as he left the Rotunda Hospital with his then pregnant girlfriend.

On that occasion he was treated for wounds to his face and survived what was deemed by gardai as an attempt on his life.

It is thought that a major north Dublin drug gang were behind the threats to his life and gardai will now begin a murder investigation with that gang as the primary focus of the investigation.

The same gang are believed to be responsible for the murder of Vinnie's brother Alan in September 2012.

It emerged today that Ryan had been driving a car registered to murdered Kinahan cartel member David Byrne.