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mob on mobile Gangster involved in RIRA man Vinnie Ryan's murder sentenced after being caught with phone in cell

Jeffrey Morrow (39) is already serving an 11-year-sentence for his part in the killing in 2016 of the brother of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan

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Jeffrey Morrow. Photo: Collins/Courtpix

Jeffrey Morrow. Photo: Collins/Courtpix

Jeffrey Morrow. Photo: Collins/Courtpix

A notorious criminal who was jailed for helping a gang murder a dissident republican has been given more prison time after he was caught with a phone in his cell.

Jeffrey Morrow (39) is already serving an 11-year-sentence for his part in the feud-related killing in 2016 of Vinnie Ryan, brother of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.

Morrow was given an extra two months in jail when he pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to having the phone in Mountjoy.

The prosecuting garda told Judge Bryan Smyth a prison guard observed the accused in his cell at 10.20pm on March 9 this year. He was holding a mobile phone and handed it over to the officer when asked.

Morrow had 124 prior convictions, including seven for similar offences. Of these, 11 were in 2008, three in 2010, two in 2011 and one was last year.

He was currently serving a sentence imposed at the Central Criminal Court in July 2019 for facilitating a serious criminal offence, the court heard.

When the garda initially said the sentence was 14 years, Morrow spoke from the dock to correct this.

“Sorry, your honour, it was 11 years,” he said.

He had also been given a six-month possession of drugs with intent to sell or supply.

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Vinnie Ryan

Vinnie Ryan

Vinnie Ryan

Morrow’s lawyer asked the judge to take account of the accused’s early guilty plea, and that he had been “helpful to the court” in this.

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Under the legislation, Judge Smyth said any sentence the court gave had to be consecutive to Morrow’s last sentence.

The judge noted that the accused would be in custody “for some time.” He set recognisances in the event of an appeal.

The judge granted free legal aid following an application by the defendant’s lawyer, who said Morrow was a serving prisoner with no assets.

“Thanks very much, your honour,” the accused said.

Father-of-one Vinnie Ryan was gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside his partner’s home in Finglas on February 29, 2016. A gunman pulled up alongside his car and fired at least 13 rounds. One bullet went through Mr Ryan's head.

In July, 2019, Morrow and co-accused Paul O'Beirne pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal organisation in the murder.

The court heard they provided and destroyed a stolen Volkswagen Golf that the gunmen who shot Mr Ryan used in the drive-by shooting.

Morrow was “inextricably linked up to a criminal organisation," Mr Justice Michael White said at his 2019 sentencing.

Morrow’s criminal history included conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van carrying €1m.

Mr Ryan’s brother, Real IRA leader Alan Ryan, was shot dead in 2012.

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