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Man on bail pending trial for alleged IRA membership has been granted permission to attend American football match in UK

Published 29/10/2015 | 16:31

Mr Hannaway will continue signing on at his local police station when he returns, the court heard.
Mr Hannaway will continue signing on at his local police station when he returns, the court heard.

Belfast man Sean Hannaway has been granted permission by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to attend an American football match in the UK this weekend.

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Mr Hannaway was granted bail by the three-judge, non-jury court in August, pending his trial for alleged IRA membership.

Mr Hannaway (47), of Linden Gardens, Belfast is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely an organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on August 8th, 2015.

He was not present in court today.

The court heard that he was seeking permission to travel to the UK for a football match.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, asked, "Association or rugby?"

"No, in fact it's American football," Mr Hannaway's solicitor said.

The DPP did not object to the application.

Mr Hannaway will continue signing on at his local police station when he returns, the court heard.

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