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
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.”
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.
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.
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