Saturday 16 December 2017

Man arrested yesterday charged with IRA membership and possession of firearm

A 21-year-old Dublin man has been charged with membership of the IRA and unlawful possession of a firearm on a Dublin street yesterday

Daryl Mulcahy of Matt Talbot Court in the city was brought before the Special Criminal Court yesterday

Detective Garda Brian Power of Harcourt Square Garda Station told the court that he had arrested Mr Mulcahy outside Mountjoy Garda Station on the North Circular Road yesterday morning.

He said he arrested him for possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances the day before on Temple Street in Dublin and for membership of the IRA on the same occasion.

He said that he informed him that the DPP had directed he be brought before the next sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with the offences and that he made no reply to either charge.

The accused wore a blue jacket and jean as the charges were put to him again in court.

He was charged with the unlawful possession of one 9mm Parabellum calibre Beretta Model 9000S semi-automatic pistol contrary to Section 27A of the Firearms Act.

He was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA, contrary to Section 21 of the Offences against the State Act.

He again made to no reply to either charge, alleged to have taken place on Temple Street on December 4, 2012.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge William

Hamill, remanded him in custody to come before the court again this Tuesday, when it’s expected a bail application will be made.

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