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County Meath body: Dead man 'linked to RIRA murder'

The man's body was discovered in a field in County Meath on Wednesday Image copyright RTÉ
Image caption The man's body was discovered in a field in County Meath on Wednesday evening

A man who was found dead in County Meath is reported to have been linked to the murder of a Real IRA leader in Dublin two years ago.

The body of the man, aged in his mid-20s, was discovered in a field at Ballymacan near the village of Collon at about 17:00 BST on Wednesday.

Police are investigating his death.

Several Irish media outlets have reported that the dead man was suspected of involvement in the murder of Real IRA leader Alan Ryan in 2012.

Ryan 32, died after he was shot several times in the Clongriffin area of Dublin on 3 September that year.

Both Ryan and the man who was found dead in County Meath had lived in Donaghmede in north Dublin.

The Irish state broadcaster, RTÉ, reported that a farmer found the man's body in the field and that the victim had been shot several times.

The state pathologist was called to Ballymacan to examine the scene on Wednesday evening and the body was removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth,

A post mortem examination is due to be carried on Thursday morning.

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