TWO men have appeared before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with membership of the IRA.
Noel Noonan (34) and Thomas McMahon (31) were arrested last Thursday near Cahir, Co Tipperary, by members of the Special Detective Unit and other units as part of an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.
Mr Noonan, with an address at North Claughan Road, Garryowen, and Mr McMahon, of Ros Fearna, Murroe, were both charged before the non-jury court with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 7, 2013.
There was no application for bail, however counsel for both parties, Mr Michael Bowman BL, said it was anticipated such an application would be made at the next hearing of the case.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler remanded both men in custody to appear in front of the court on February 15.