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Mr Big’s gang threaten to ‘dig up’ the body of murdered RIRA boss Alan Ryan

Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan

The drug-dealing mob led by the criminal known as ‘Mr Big’ have threatened to “dig up” the remains of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.

The gang, who are the chief suspects of the murder of both Alan and his younger brother Vinnie Ryan, have warned that they will continue to target the north Dublin family.

According to reports on, a series of hoax online accounts have been created to mock the murdered brothers.

25-year-old Vinnie Ryan was blasted to death as he sat in his car in Finglas two weeks ago and his brother Alan (32) was shot and killed in Donaghmede in 2012.

Vinnie Ryan

The family, who recently called for no retaliation for Vinnie’s murder, have been subjected to a series of attacks by the ‘Mr Big’ mob over the last four years.

Now a well-placed source has revealed: “A number of gang members were spotted hanging around Alan and Vincent’s grave in Fingal cemetery.

“The family have been told that this gang wants to dig up Alan’s body and put it on display. They are still tormenting the family. It’s sick.”

Family friend and criminologist Malachy Steenson said: “There has been wave after wave of attacks on this family by this drug dealing gang. People may ask if this threat is real or if it is credible.

“But if you look at what they have already done then there is no doubt in my mind but that they are capable of this.”

He explained that mum Marion is “terrified” that every time one of her family members goes outside the door they are going to be killed.

Mr Big

He continued: "Republicans are taking these threats very seriously but appear to lack the ability to take on these gangs.

"It is now time for the state to protect its citizens, whether it be Vinnie Ryan, Anthony Campbell or Garda Adrian Donohoe who have all been executed by these gangs."

The bizarre threat to dig up Alan Ryan’s remains is similar to a scene in crime drama Love/Hate where character Fran, played by Peter Coonan, dug up the remains of  the mother of ‘Noely’, played by real life criminal Stephen Clinch.