GARDAI plan to launch a crackdown on dissident republicans in the wake of the paramilitary display and volley of shots at the weekend funeral of Alan Ryan !

GARDAI plan to launch a crackdown on dissident republicans in the wake of the paramilitary display and volley of shots at the weekend funeral of terror gang boss Alan Ryan.

A series of garda raids on the homes of dissidents in several counties is being organised, as officers build up evidence against those believed to have been involved in the show of arms outside the Ryan family home on the nort

hside of Dublin.Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan told the Irish Independent yesterday that paramilitary activity could not be tolerated on the streets of the capital and where people were identified as having committed a criminal offence, they would be “brought to book”.Gardai disclosed last night that a dossier of fresh intelligence was being compiled as a result of the photographic evidence gathered at the funeral.This was being examined by senior anti-terrorist officers, who were particularly interested in the emergence at the funeral of some newcomers.Others were also present who were thought to have retired from republican activity, and had not been known to associate with Ryan or his faction of the Real IRA.

One officer said: “We have collected some interesting material, which will help open up new avenues of inquiry for us into paramilitary activity while also assisting ongoing inquiries into links between Ryan’s group and other republican factions.”

Undercover

Gardai had photographers on duty outside the house, outside the church in Donaghmede, and at Fingal cemetery on Saturday. They were backed up in the surveillance by undercover officers, who mingled with the mourners, and “spotters” whose task was to pinpoint known activists and monitor their movements.

At the same time, the Special Branch kept watch on those arriving for the funeral on Saturday morning and noted the registration plates of vehicles used by suspected activists.

The information gathered is expected to be useful as gardai prepare files on anybody suspected of committing a criminal offence at the funeral.

Those involved could face charges of illegal possession of a firearm, if directly linked to the volley of shots, or membership of an illegal organisation.

Mr Callinan said the garda force had a long and proud tradition of dealing with subversive activity and people engaged in crime. He promised that, as long as he was the commissioner, that tradition would continue.

Mr Callinan also pledged that every effort was being made to identify the killers of Ryan and to bring them to justice.

He pointed out that arrangements for the funeral had been made by the Ryan family but, unfortunately, those arrangements had been breached by a small group.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said yesterday that the gardai on duty had to make proper and mature judgments.

He said innocent lives could have been lost if gardai had intervened and he again condemned the display as scandalous and unacceptable.

Mr Shatter felt the incidents “took us back to the dark days of the Troubles” and he had full confidence in the garda commissioner and his officers to complete their investigation and take appropriate action.

Criminals are winning the battle

WITH MANY THANKS TO :  Crime Talk Ireland and International, – Tom Brady Security Editor.
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