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Man accused of IRA membership volunteers to go back into custody

A FORMER Sinn Fein member’s grandson who is charged with IRA membership and firearms offences has volunteered to go back into custody having been previously released on bail.

Ciaran Burke (20), of Ferrycarrig Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, had been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in July but this morning re-entered custody.

Mr Burke 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 2nd, 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.

Mr Burke is a grandson of Independent Dublin city councillor and former Sinn Fein member Christy Burke.

Counsel for Ciaran Burke, Siobhan Ni Chulachain BL, told the court that her client wished to surrender to bail.

She also asked that the independent surety of €20,000 on which bail was secured be released.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge Cormac Dunne, said the court would make all necessary consequential orders for Mr Burke’s surrender to bail.

He remanded Mr Burke in custody to appear in front of the non-jury court on October 26 next.