Tuesday 6 December 2016

One of the 'Hooded Men' is charged with assisting IRA

Brian Kavanagh

Published 11/08/2015 | 02:30

Mr Hannaway, of Collin Mill, Belfast, was charged yesterday with knowingly rendering assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army
Mr Hannaway, of Collin Mill, Belfast, was charged yesterday with knowingly rendering assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army

Belfast man Kevin Hannaway, part of a group known as the "Hooded Men" who are seeking revision of a controversial judgment on their detention during the Troubles, has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with assisting the IRA.

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Mr Hannaway (67) and four others were arrested on Saturday as part of an operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Dublin region.

He is one of a group of men detained by British security forces during the Troubles who are seeking revision of a controversial 1978 judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which said their treatment was "inhuman and degrading" but was not torture.

Mr Hannaway, of Collin Mill, Belfast, was charged yesterday with knowingly rendering assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA, whether directly or indirectly in the performance or furtherance of an illegal object on August 7 and 8, 2015.

His co-accused, Edward O'Brien (41), of Hazelcroft Road, Finglas, Dublin, and Eva Shannon (59) of Oakman Street, Belfast, were charged with the same offence on the same date.

David Nooney (52), of Coultry Green, Ballymun, Dublin, and Seán Hannaway (47), of Linden Gardens, Belfast, were each charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely an organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on August 8, 2015.

Detective Garda Connor Morgan made an application for all five to be remanded in custody, which was granted by Judge Martin Nolan.

Irish Independent

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