A LIMERICK man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court this evening charged with membership of the IRA.
Michael Kiely (42), of Abbeyvale, Corbally, Limerick, was arrested following a garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans in the Limerick area.
He was charged before the non-jury court with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on January 6th last.
Detective Garda Oliver Foley, of Henry Street Garda Station, told State Solicitor Ms Claire Daly that he formally arrested the accused in Limerick shortly before two o’clock this afternoon.
He told Ms Daly that at the time of the arrest he believed that Kiely had committed the offence of membership of an illegal organisation within the State.
Det Gda Foley said that Kiely, who appeared before the non-jury court dressed in a black jacket and navy tracksuit bottoms, made no reply when the charge was read over to him.
He told Ms Daly that he met Kiely in the confines of the court this afternoon, and that the accused man replied “I am not a member of the IRA” when the charge was again explained to him in ordinary language.
There was no application for bail, however presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would grant the accused legal aid after no objection was lodged by the prosecution.
Mr Justice Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Flannan Brennan, remanded Kiely in custody to appear in front of the court on January 22nd next.