Friday 24 November 2017

Book of evidence served on man charged with IRA membership

Brian Kavanagh

A book of evidence has been served on a 45-year-old man who is charged with IRA membership and the possession of ammunition.

In July Stephen Hendrick, of Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, Dublin 11, was arrested at a yard in Cloghran by members of the Special Detective Unit and the Crime and Security Section as part of ongoing investigations in to dissident republican activity in Dublin.

At an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court Mr Hendrick was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 3rd.

He was also charged with possession of ammunition in suspicious circumstances on the same date at Furry Park, Turnapin Great, Old Airport Road, Cloghran in Co Dublin.

State Solicitor Michael O’Donovan told the non-jury court this morning that the prosecution were in a position to serve a book of evidence on the accused man.

Counsel for the State, Mr Garnet Orange BL, said he understood that the defence would need some time to review the book.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would remand Mr Hendrick on continuing bail until December 6, when the case will listed for mention.

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