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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Alan Ryan’s pal pleads guilty to IRA membership after garda probe into funeral's paramilitary activity

Published 03/04/2014 | 14:51

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Alan Ryan funeral...Mourners attend the funeral of Real IRA member Alan Ryan at the Church of the Holy Trinity in cemetery in Balgriffen, north Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2012. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire...A
Mourners attend the funeral of Real IRA member Alan Ryan. Photo: PA
Alan Ryan. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Alan Ryan. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Alan Ryan was shot dead in Dublin in September, 2012

A Dublin man arrested after a garda investigation into paramilitary activity at the funeral of Alan Ryan has pleaded guilty to IRA membership.

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Nathan Kinsella (33) was due to stand trial at the Special Criminal Court last month, however the non-jury court issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear for his trial.

The court heard that the accused had not been heard from in months and the Circuit Criminal Court had also issued a bench warrant for his arrest in November last year after he failed to appear there.

On February 20 Kinsella was arrested by gardai in a gym in Cabra and brought back before the court.

Counsel for Kinsella, Mr Diarmaid McGuinness SC, this morning told the court that his client could be arraigned on a single count.

Kinsella then stood up in the dock where he pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September13th, 2012.

Mr McGuinness asked for the sentencing to be put back until next week.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would remand Kinsella in custody until next Thursday for sentence.

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