Wednesday 18 July 2018

'Hooded man' bailed on dissident IRA charge

Kevin Hannaway from Belfast
Kevin Hannaway from Belfast

Ruaidhri Giblin

Belfast man Kevin Hannaway, one of a group known as the "Hooded Men" who are seeking revision of a controversial judgment on their detention during the Troubles, has been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court pending his trial for allegedly assisting the IRA.

Mr Hannaway (67), of Colin- mill, Belfast, and four co- accused were arrested on August 8 as part of an operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Dublin region.

He was one of a group of men detained by British security forces during the Troubles who are seeking revision of a controversial 1978 judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which said their treatment was "inhuman and degrading" but was not torture.

All five were granted bail with sureties ranging from €10,500 to €20,000. Curfews were put in place, with Mr Hannaway ordered to sign on at Dundalk Garda Station three times per week.

"Unusually", according to Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy, Eva Shannon (59), of Oakman Street, Belfast, was required to sign on daily at Grosvenor Road Police Station, Belfast, while Seán Hannaway (47), of Linden Gardens, Belfast, was required to sign on daily at Antrim Road Police Station, Belfast.

They will appear again at the same court on November 3.

Irish Independent

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