Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man appears before out-of-hours court sitting charged with possession of firearms

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

Brian Kavanagh

A man has appeared before an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court tonight charged with possession of firearms and ammunition.

Joseph Finnegan (53) was arrested in Co Louth on Saturday night by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of ongoing investigations in to the activities of dissident republicans. 

Mr Finnegan, of Cuillenstown, Readypenny, Dundalk, Co Louth is charged with possession of one 8mm clibre, Valtro make, Model 85 combat, converted blank-firing pistol and seven rounds of 8mm ammunition at his home on July 11, 2015.

He is also charged with the possession of a 12 gauge side-by-side, double barrel Eibar shotgun and three shotgun catridges at the same address on July 12, 2015. 

Detective Garda Graham Dunne told State Solicitor Mr Michael O’Donovan that he formally arrested the accused Joseph Finnegan at the Crescent, Dundalk Co Louth at 4:55pm this evening.

The court heard that Mr Finnegan, who appeared before the court wearing a navy jumper and black slacks, made no reply to his arrest or caution.

Counsel for Mr Finnegan, Ms Irene Sands BL, asked that the court list the matter for next Thursday when it is anticipated an application for bail and legal aid will be made.

Presiding judge Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, sitting with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flannan Brennan, remanded Mr Finnegan in custody to appear before the court on July 16.

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