Vinny Ryan recovering after horror knife attack in Dublin
This is well-known republican Vinny Ryan looking relaxed and care-free as he recovers from a savage knife attack.
The Herald's photo shows Ryan wearing a hoodie, tracksuit bottoms and Crocs as he emerges from a house in north Dublin.
It's just over a week since his lucky escape when he suffered a neck injury in a vicious attack in front of his pregnant girlfriend in Parnell Square.
He has received dozens of stitches to the injury sustained in what may have been an attempt to cut his throat.
Vinny - the brother of slain Real IRA leader Alan Ryan - is now recovering and was spotted leaving the house after it was visited yesterday afternoon by detectives who are investigating the stabbing.
The 25-year-old barber was previously cleared of firearms charges which were linked to the gun murder of drugs trafficker Michael 'Micka' Kelly.
No arrests have been made in relation to the stab attack on Thursday last week, which is being investigated by detectives based at Mountjoy Garda Station.
Sources last night said that gardai believe it was a "targeted attempt" on Vinny Ryan's life and are working on the theory that it may have been carried out by a drug addict.
There were initially major concerns that the knife may have severed an artery because of the amount of blood that he lost but these fears proved unfounded.
Ryan was released from the Mater Hospital last Saturday.
Sources have discounted a theory that a member of another dissident Republican group was involved in the knife attack.
Gardai are investigating whether the stabbing was carried out by a desperate criminal who has links to the 'Mr Big' mob who gardai believe ordered Alan Ryan's murder three years ago.
It has also emerged that Vinny and his pals have rubbished a statement which was issued to the media last Friday by a group claiming to be the newly-reformed RIRA in Dublin.
The statement promised "to paint the streets red with the blood" of the crime gang that attacked Ryan. Vinny's close pal Derek Nolan took to social media where he described the RIRA statement as a "joke".
"To talk of attacks, revenge and rivers of blood is madness and ill-informed and an uneducated reaction from people with a gang mentality," Nolan posted.
Vinny Ryan has been warned by gardai on a number of occasions about an active threat against his life.
In October, 2013, Vinny and his close pal Darragh Evans (25) were cleared by the Special Criminal Court of charges of possession of an assault rifle and a handgun at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, on September 15, 2011.
That's the very same day in which notorious drugs trafficker Michael 'Micka' Kelly was shot dead.
Vinny spent almost a year in high security Portlaoise Prison before being cleared of the charges and has been working as a barber since his release.
Ken Foy via The Herald