Monday 25 September 2017

Relative of Christy Burke bailed on possession of explosive charges

Christy Burke was in court with the men’s family and supporters for the hearing. Photo: Arthur Carron
Christy Burke was in court with the men’s family and supporters for the hearing. Photo: Arthur Carron

Alison O'Riordan

A relative of former Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke has been granted bail on a charge of possessing four kilograms of TNT in the city centre.

Mairtin Manning (22) is charged with possession of an explosive substance to wit ten 400 gram blocks of TNT and the explosive head of an RGD33 hand grenade at Spring Garden Street, Dublin 3, on June 2, 2017.

His co-accused Declan McDermott (28) is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, to wit an organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA, within the State on June 2, 2017.

At yesterday's bail hearing at the Special Criminal Court, the State objected to Mr Manning's and Mr McDermott's applications.

Detective Sergeant William Hanrahan of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), said gardaí were objecting to bail in connection with Mr Manning because of the "seriousness" of the charge.

Objection

The witness agreed with counsel that his objections were raised under the "O'Callaghan" principles.

Mr Manning has no previous convictions, the court heard.

Det Sgt Hanrahan said gardaí were also objecting to bail for Mr McDermott and again this concern was based on the "O'Callaghan" principles.

Mr McDermott has no previous convictions.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Martin Nolan and Judge Flann Brennan, granted bail to both men on condition each of them give their date of birth on oath to the court as they had previously presented themselves in court "without the most basic details".

Both men then gave their respective date of births to the court.

An independent surety of €20,000 was present in court for Mr Manning.

Mr McDermott was remanded in custody with consent to bail until July 24.

Christy Burke was in court with the men's family and supporters for the hearing.

Irish Independent

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