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Man charged with IRA membership

A man has been charged in connection with an alleged surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units, writes Brian Kavanagh.

Corey Mulhall (41), of Daletree Court, Ballycullen, Dublin 24, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, on September 26, 2012.

Suspicions were aroused earlier this week when a person known to gardai was observed at the Harcourt Hotel close to Harcourt Square garda station.

The station is home to the Special Detective Unit whose tasks include monitoring dissident republicans.

He had rented a room overlooking Harcourt Square under a false name, while a search resulted in the seizure of equipment that is believed was being used for surveillance.

At the Special Criminal Court, Detective Garda Ronan Judge said he arrested the accused man at Irishtown Road.

There was no application for bail. He was remanded in custody to appear before the court again on October 4.

Irish Independent