Dissident republican Vincent Ryan died of gunshot wounds to head, inquest hears

Dublin based dissident republican Vincent Ryan died of gunshot wounds to the head. Ryan, from Grange Abbey Drive in Donaghmede, died on February 29, 2016.

At Dublin Coroner’s Court, where an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned, Ryan’s mother Marion gave evidence of how she identified her dead son’s body at the Mater Hospital on the day of his death.

Mrs Ryan, who lost a second son, Alan to gunshot wounds in 2012, formally identified her son’s body to Garda Conor Leen of Blanchardstown Garda Station on February 29 last.

Detective Inspector Colm Murphy of Finglas Garda Station told the inquest the murder was ‘the subject of a live and active homicide investigation.’ He applied for a six month adjournment of the inquest to allow for the investigation process to continue.

Acting Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan performed an autopsy on the body of Vincent Ryan on March 1 2016. The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head.

Mr Ryan, who worked as a barber in Tallaght, was shot dead in Finglas in broad daylight after dropping his girlfriend home.

He was reportedly a member of the dissident republican group known as the Real IRA. His brother Alan had served as a leader of a faction of that group before he was gunned down near his home in Donaghmede in 2012.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest until December 15.

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