Sunday 19 November 2017

Anonymous document delays Garda surveillance trial

Brian Kavanagh

AN anonymous document sent to the DPP has delayed the trial of a Dublin man who was arrested on charges connected to an alleged surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units.

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


This morning at the Special Criminal Court Mr Mulhall, of Daletree Court, Ballycullen, 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 today but counsel for the State, Mr Vincent Heneghan BL, told the non-jury court that an issue had arisen with regard to an anonymous document sent to the DPP.


He said the document required investigation as it related to matters surrounding the alleged events at the hotel and “may touch on matters of importance” to the defendant in the case.


Mr Heneghan told the court that the prosecution only became aware of the document today but it was understood that the defence sent a letter to the DPP regarding the matter on October 21 last, which was also an issue that required further investigation.


Ms Deirdre Murphy SC, for Mr Mulhall, told the court that the document had been sent to the both the defence and the DPP by an unknown third party.


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

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