A MAN has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with membership of the IRA. Michael Kiely (42), of Abbeyvale, Corbally, Limerick, was arrested following a garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.
He was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on January 6.
Detective Garda Oliver Foley said Mr Kiely made no reply when the charge was read to him. He said he met Mr Kiely in the confines of the court yesterday and the accused replied: "I am not a member of the IRA", when the charge was again explained to him.
There was no application for bail. Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would grant legal aid. He remanded Mr Kiely in custody to appear on January 22.