Sunday 24 September 2017

University employee jailed for explosives found ahead of Prince Charles' visit

Donal O’ Coisdealbha
Donal O’ Coisdealbha

A man arrested on explosives charges in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles has been jailed for five and a half years.

The Special Criminal Court previously heard evidence that gardai found explosive device components in Donal Ó Coisdealbha's locker at his workplace, Maynooth University.

Last month, Ó Coisdealbha (25), of Abbeyfield, Killester in Dublin 5 pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann otherwise the IRA within the State on May 13, 2015.

Sentencing Ó Coisdealbha yesterday, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said that the evidence against the man was "significant" and even "overwhelming".

Ms Justice Kennedy referred to a letter written by Maureen O'Sullivan TD, from July this year, which expressed some dismay as regards the length of time Ó Coisdealbha had spent in custody.

The judge referred to a "puzzling" expression in the letter which said that nothing was to be gained by prolonging Ó Coisdealbha's period on remand. The court could only surmise, she said, that the writer was unaware of Ó Coisdealbha's decision to plead guilty.

Irish Independent

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