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Man (54) charged with IRA membership is released on bail

Daniel Hickey

Published 26/11/2015 | 12:05

The case will be mentioned again before the Special Criminal Court on February 3 next year.
The case will be mentioned again before the Special Criminal Court on February 3 next year.

A Dublin man charged with IRA membership has been released on bail at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin this morning.

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Brian Kenna (54) was arrested in Co Laois on Saturday last by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of an ongoing operation targeting dissident republican activity.

Mr Kenna, of Crumlin Park, Crumlin is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on November 21, 2015.

State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan told the three-judge, non-jury court this morning that the DPP were not objecting to Mr Kenna's bail application.

He went on to read the bail conditions to the court, which heard that Mr Kenna must reside in Crumlin, sign on at Crumlin garda station twice daily, obey a daily curfew of 11pm to 7am and provide a mobile phone number to gardai.

Mr Kenna must also surrender his passport and all travel documents, not leave the jurisdiction or enter Northern Ireland, not associate with anybody charged with a scheduled offence and not contact directly or indirectly any proposed prosecution witnesses.

Dean Kelly BL, for Mr Kenna, told the court that the accused man consented to the bail conditions.

Presiding judge Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan, sitting with Judge John O'Hagan and Judge Anne Ryan, released Mr Kenna on an independent surety of 7,000 Euro.

The case will be mentioned again before the Special Criminal Court on February 3rd next year.

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