Eight men charged with being in IRA after garda search
EIGHT men have appeared at an Easter Sunday sitting of the Special Criminal Court accused of being members of the IRA.
The men were arrested on Friday afternoon after gardai searched a commercial premises in Clondalkin, south Dublin, as part of investigations into dissident republican activity.
They were remanded in custody after being charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on March 29, 2013.
The men were named at the special sitting before the non-jury three-judge court as Kevin Braney (38), Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin; Des Christie (49), Liam Mellows Road, Finglas, Dublin 11; Hubert Duffy (45), Georges Place, Dublin 1; William Jackson (53), Dooncourt, Poppintree, Dublin 11; Declan Phelan (31), Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght, Dublin 24; John Brock (40), Glenview Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24; Darren Murphy (42), Rory O'Connor House, Dublin 1; and Eamon McNamee (32), Larkfield Square, Lucan, Dublin.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Judge William Hamill, remanded all eight in custody.
Lawyers sought leave to make a bail application, and Judge Butler granted them permission to apply for bail and for legal aid. He also granted a disclosure order in relation to the video tapes of interviews in garda custody.
Detectives told state solicitor Liam Mulholland that the order had been given at 11.49am for the men to be charged with membership of an illegal organisation.
Both Mr Murphy and Mr Brock were arrested a few minutes after midday at Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot, while both Mr Duffy and Mr McNamee were also arrested just after midday at Orchard Road, Clondalkin.
Mr Braney was taken into custody at 12.12pm at Londonbridge Road in Dublin 4, while Mr Christie was arrested in the public office of Irishtown garda station and Mr Phelan was taken into custody on the Main Street, Lucan.
All eight men made no reply when charged and cautioned.
Mr Murphy had a plaster over his right eye.
His barrister Michael Bowman queried if Mr Murphy had been given medical treatment. Det Gda Darren Martin said a doctor had been called to the station a number of times.
Mr Bowman asked if any inquiries had been made on his "fresh injuries" including a laceration over the eye. "I asked him, he said it occurred during his arrest," Det Gda Martin said.
Mr Justice Butler also made an order that Mr Murphy receive any medical attention required.