A FATHER-of-two convicted of membership of the IRA has been sentenced to three-and-a-half-years in jail at the Special Criminal Court.
Robert Nolan (45) of Elmdale Park, Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, Dublin had pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation.
The court heard Nolan was a passenger in a Ford Mondeo car that was stopped by a garda patrol unit in the Ballinacurra Weston area of Limerick city on the afternoon of January 11 last.
Gardai uncovered a revolver concealed under the front passenger seat.
The driver of the car was convicted IRA member Dermot Gannon (45), a father-of-four from Wellview Crescent, Mulhuddart, Co Dublin. Gannon was jailed for seven years for possession of the firearm.