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Sunday 20 April 2014

Two men charged with IRA membership appear in court

Hubert Duffy (46) and Robert Day (43) were arrested by members of the Special Detective Unit in conjunction with units from the garda Crime and Security Branch.

Two men - including a man on bail on a charge of IRA membership - who were arrested as part of a garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republican groups have appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with IRA membership.

Hubert Duffy (46), of George’s Place, Temple Street in Dublin 1 and Robert Day (43), of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 were arrested by members of the Special Detective Unit in conjunction with units from the garda Crime and Security Branch.

Both men were this afternoon charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 2, 2014.

Mr Duffy was among eight men brought before an Easter Sunday sitting of the non-jury Special Criminal Court last year and charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on March 29, 2013.

He was granted bail on that charge in April 2013 and is due to stand trial in January 2015.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce told State Solicitor Mr Michael O’Donovan that he formally arrested Hubert Duffy at 1:42pm this afternoon on Chancery Street in Dublin city.

He said that he explained to the accused man the reasons for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him, but Mr Duffy made no reply to the caution.

Det Sgt Boyce told Mr O’Donovan that at the time of the arrest he believed the accused man, who appeared before the court wearing a grey hoody, had committed the offence with which he is charged.

Garda Brendan Tighe gave evidence to the court of the arrest and caution of Mr Day on the North Circular Road at 1:44pm this afternoon.

He told Mr O’Donovan that Mr Day, who also appeared before the court wearing a grey hoody top, also made no reply to caution.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge Flannan Brennan, remanded both men in custody with liberty to apply for bail to appear before the court on February 12, when it is anticipated applications for legal aid will be made on behalf of both men.

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