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Dubliner charged with IRA membership and possession of pistol

A DUBLIN man has been charged with IRA membership and firearms offensives at the Special Criminal Court as part of a garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.

Declan Geraghty (30), of Bawnlea Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 26, 2012.

He is also charged with the possession of a 9mm FEG model P9 pistol at his home on the same date.

At a special sitting of the non-jury court this evening, Detective Sergeant Liam Archbold told State Solicitor Michael O’Donovan that he arrested Declan Geraghty at Frederick Street, Ashbourne, Co Meath, shortly before 1pm today.

Det Sgt Archbold said that when he explained to the accused man the reason for his arrest in ordinary language, he asked: “When is the next court?”

There was no application for bail or legal aid made on behalf of Mr Geraghty, who appeared before the court wearing a grey hoodie and navy top tracksuit bottoms.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Flannan Brennan and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded the accused man in custody to appear before the court again on October 4.