Tuesday 23 January 2018

Grandson of Dublin city councillor Christy Burke charged with membership of IRA

Brian Kavanagh

A GRANDSON of Independent Dublin city councillor and former Sinn Fein member Christy Burke has appeared before a late sitting of the Special Criminal Court this afternoon charged with IRA membership and firearms offences.

Ciaran Burke (20) of Ferrycarrig Park, Coolock, Dublin 17 is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 2, 2012.

He is also charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm parabellum Glock semi-automatic pistol and thirteen rounds of 9mm parabellum ammunition at the N32, Coolock, Dublin 13 on the same date.

Detective Sergeant Vincent Markey told State solicitor Mr Michael O’Donovan that he met Ciaran Burke at Main Street, Blanchardstown shortly after 2:30pm this afternoon and arrested him.

He said that Mr Burke, who appeared before the court in a light-blue and grey striped t-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, made no reply to the arrest.

Det Sgt Markey said that he explained to Mr Burke the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and later conveyed him to Blanchardstown Garda Station, where he refused to sign a notice of his rights.

He said at the time of the arrest he held a reasonable belief that Ciaran Burke had committed the offences for which he was arrested.

There was no application for bail, however a lawyer for Mr Burke indicated that the issue could be resolved on Friday.

There were a large number of people present in court for the short hearing, including Mr Burke’s grandfather Christy.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge William Hamill, granted an application for legal aid and remanded Mr Burke in custody to appear in front of the non-jury court on Friday.

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