Saturday 18 November 2017

Alternative explanation – ‘nothing do with membership of the IRA’ - for events, court hears

Brian Kavanagh

A document sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions gives an explanation for the events surrounding the arrest of a man charged in connection with an alleged surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Corey Mulhall (41) was arrested in September 2012 after detectives observed suspicious activity at a hotel close to Harcourt Square. The Harcourt Square building is home to the Special Detective Unit, whose tasks include monitoring the activities of dissident republicans.

Mr Mulhall, of Daletree Court, Ballycullen, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 26th, 2012.

The trial was due to start on Tuesday but counsel for the State, Mr Vincent Heneghan BL, told the non-jury court that an issue had arisen with regard to a document sent anonymously to the DPP.

Ms Deirdre Murphy SC, for Mr Mulhall, today said that the 10-page document gives an explanation for events which has “nothing to do with membership of the IRA”.

Mr Heneghan told the court that gardai yesterday (Tuesday) learnt who the author of the anonymous correspondence was. Ms Murphy said the defence needed more time to consider “whether to take a certain course”.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would further put back the trial, which is expected to last eight days, until Thursday.

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