Saturday 17 February 2018

Man (30) charged with IRA membership released on bail

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Daniel Hickey

A man charged with IRA membership has been released on bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Damien Metcalfe (30) was arrested in Dublin last week by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of ongoing investigations into dissident republican activity.

Mr Metcalfe, with an address at Monastery Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 was charged with membership of an unlawful organization, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on November 24th, 2015.

State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan told the three-judge, non-jury court that the DPP were not objecting to Mr Metcalfe's bail application.

He went on to read the bail conditions to the court, which heard that Mr Metcalfe must sign on at Clondalkin garda station twice daily, obey a daily curfew of 11pm to 7am and provide a mobile phone number to gardai.

Mr Metcalfe must also surrender his passport and all travel documents, not leave the jurisdiction or enter Northern Ireland, not associate with anybody charged with a scheduled offence and not contact directly or indirectly any proposed prosecution witnesses.

 Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge John O'Hagan and Judge Ann Ryan, released Mr Metcalfe on bail on his own bond of €100 and an independent surety of €6,000.

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