Sunday 17 December 2017

Man charged with IRA membership and possession of explosive substance

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Daniel Hickey

A man has been charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today with IRA membership and possession of an explosive substance.

Martin McHale (52), of Blackwater Grove, Togher, Cork, County Cork, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on November 1st, 2013.

 Mr McHale was also charged with possession of an explosive substance, to wit, ten sealed bags, each holding a quantity of white prills (spheres) containing ammonium nitrate and calcium carbonate, at Mall Road, Tirkeenan, Monaghan, County Monaghan on November 1st, 2013.

 Today, Detective Sergeant Gabriel Bell told the three-judge, non-jury court that he arrested Mr McHale at 7.35am this morning under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act on Blackwater Grove.

 He said he explained to Mr McHale the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him.

 Mr McHale made no reply, the court heard.

 The detective sergeant transported Mr McHale to Bridewell garda station in Cork and later to the Special Criminal Court, where he showed the charged man a copy of the original charge sheet, to which Mr McHale made no reply.

 Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge John O'Hagan and Judge Ann Ryan, remanded Mr McHale in custody until Thursday (December 17th), when a bail application is expected to be heard.

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