Friday 24 February 2017

Dublin man charged with IRA membership and firearms offensives surrenders bail

Brian Kavanagh

A DUBLIN man charged with IRA membership and firearms offensives voluntarily entered custody this morning after surrendering his bail at the Special Criminal Court.

Declan Geraghty (30), of Bawnlea Crescent, Tallaght, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 26th, 2012.

The accused man, who was arrested as part of a garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans, is also charged with the possession of a 9mm FEG model P9 pistol at his home on the same date.

He was granted bail at the non-jury court last week on two independent sureties of €5,000 each and on his own bond of €200.

Mr Bernard Condon SC, for Mr Geraghty, told the court his client wished to surrender his bail and had asked to be remanded in custody,

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would release the sureties and make any necessary consequential orders.

Mr Justice Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge William Hamill, remanded the accused man in custody to appear before the non-jury court again on December 19th.

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