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Saturday 23 August 2014

Man arrested after garda investigation into paramilitary activity at Alan Ryan funeral fails to show at trial

Brian Kavanagh

Published 04/02/2014 | 12:18

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The IRA membership trial of a Dublin man arrested after a garda investigation in to paramilitary activity at the funeral of Alan Ryan could not go ahead today after the accused failed to show up in court.

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Nathan Kinsella (33) was due to stand trial for membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 13th, 2012.

Last week the non-jury court issued a bench warrant for Kinsella’s arrest after hearing that Kinsella's bailsperson had not seen him since before Christmas and the Circuit Criminal Court had also issued a bench warrant for his arrest last November after he failed to appear there.

Counsel for Kinsella, Mr Diarmaid McGuinness SC, told the court that he had not heard from Mr Kinsella and his solicitor had not heard from the accused in several months. He said that he was not in receipt of any instructions as to where the accused man is and why he was not in court.

Mr Tom O’Connell SC, for the prosecution, said that he had received instructions that Mr Kinsella had not come to any harm and that gardai had made efforts to locate him to no avail.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court noted there was a warrant from both the Special Criminal Court and the Circuit Court.

An earlier court hearing was told that Kinsella had suffered a “very traumatic injury” and his mobility was “quite debilitated”. He was released on bail in October 2012.

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