Vinnie Ryan was driving car registered to slain gangster's brother
Republican brute Vinnie Ryan was driving a white Volkswagen Golf GTI which was registered to a company owned by the brother of murdered gangster and Kinahan cartel member David Byrne.
The bizarre twist has prompted gardai to explore the Real IRA thug’s connections with the international drugs gang.
25-year-old Ryan was gunned down by a two man hit squad as he sat in a car in Finglas, north Dublin, on Monday.
It has since emerged that the car he was sitting in was registered to a company run by Liam Byrne, the brother of murdered gangster and Kinahan mob associate David Byrne.
David Byrne was blasted to death by a team of assassins in Dublin’s Regency Hotel on the 5th of February.
It is widely believed that he was murdered as part of a feud involving members of the Hutch family and the Kinahan drugs cartel.
It is thought that Vinnie Ryan may have approached Byrne for protection after he was dumped by terror bosses in the north.
The Golf GTI was registered to a car firm established by Liam Byrne (34) and which also involves Sean McGovern, who was blasted in the leg during the Regency Hotel attack.
A source told the Irish Sun:
“Ryan has always maintained that he was involved in a war with drug dealers but here he is driving a car registered to a firm linked to the Kinahan gang.
“He has had the car for a number of months and any time he was stopped in it he would say it was a hire car.
“This discovery proves how so-called dissident republicans and criminal gangs are closely connected and often work together.”