Athy man among dissident arrests

ONe of the 17 people, 16 men and one woman, who were arrested by gardaí in three counties last week in an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans was from Athy.

ONe of the 17 people, 16 men and one woman, who were arrested by gardaí in three counties last week in an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans was from Athy.

The arrest in Athy took place last Thursday following a search of the man’s house.

The raids at 30 locations in Dublin, Kildare and Meath follow a Real IRA display at the funeral of one of its key figures in the Republic.

A group of men dressed in combat gear fired a volley of shots over the coffin of murdered Alan Ryan on Saturday in Donaghmede, Dublin.

In the raids, gardaí seized three imitation firearms, mobile phones and computers along with documentation, a Garda statement said.

Those detained ranged in age from 16 to 60 years. T

hree men from Dublin were later charged. Ryan was head of a Real IRA faction in Dublin and had been linked to extortion rackets.

The 32-year-old was murdered in broad daylight when he was shot him several times in the grounds of an apartment complex in Clongriffin, north Dublin, on Monday, September 3.

Scores of dissident republican supporters attended the funeral in Dublin.

- Lisa Deeney