14 arrests over Real IRA funeral shots

Police in the Republic of Ireland have made 14 arrests after shots were fired into the air during a paramilitary funeral in Dublin.

14 arrests over Real IRA funeral shots

Mourners at the funeral of Real IRA member Alan Ryan. (© PA)

Men dressed in combat gear shot a volley of bullets over the tricolour-draped coffin of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan on Saturday.

A major search operation involving 200 gardai officers was launched on Thursday morning into dissident republican activity linked to the apparent show of strength.

Thirteen men and one woman have been arrested during raids which have been taking place across counties Dublin, Meath and Kildare.

A Garda spokesman said further arrests cannot be ruled out.

Alan Ryan, who was 32, was shot dead in broad daylight by a gunman in the grounds of an apartment complex in Clongriffin on 3 September.

He was head of a Real IRA faction in Dublin and had been linked to extortion rackets.

Concerns had been raised after men opened fire over his coffin, despite up to 100 gardaí being drafted in for the service in Donaghmede.

Mourners attempted to shield the gunmen from onlooking gardaí and cameras as they changed out of combat gear and masks in a van at a house.

Those arrested on Thursday have been detained under section 30 of the Offences against the State Act 1939.

A Garda statement said: “As part of the investigation into the possession and discharge of firearms at Donaghmede (and the activities of dissident republicans) a search and arrest operation was carried out at locations across counties Dublin, Meath and Kildare this morning.

“This morning’s phase of operation ‘Ambience’ involves over 200 gardai, including members of the Special Detective Unit, Emergency Response Unit, Local Detectives, Uniformed Gardai and the Garda Dog Unit.

“Further updates will follow.”

WITH MANY THANKS TO : UTV News

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