Saturday 24 March 2018

Man charged with IRA membership and possession of firearms granted temporary bail

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Daniel Hickey

A man charged with IRA membership and possession of firearms has been granted temporary bail at the Special Criminal Court today.

Michael Finlay (36) was arrested last year by members of the Special Detective Unit and the garda Crime and Security branch after an operation in Tallaght in south Dublin.

Mr Finlay, of Maplewood Road, Tallaght, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on June 5, 2014.

He is also charged with the unlawful possession of a 9x18mm calibre Makarov PM semi-automatic pistol and magazine and 10 rounds of 9x18mm BR calibre Sellier & Bellot ammunition at Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght on June 5, 2014.

Today, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge John O'Hagan and Judge Ann Ryan, granted the charged man bail from December 24 to 31 this year.

The State had consented to Mr Finlay's bail application, the conditions of which were read to the court.

 Mr Finlay was ordered to obey a daily curfew of 11pm to 8am, sign on daily at Crumlin garda station and surrender his passport.

 He was also ordered to not associate with anyone charged with or convicted of a scheduled offence, not contact directly or indirectly any proposed prosecution witnesses and to provide a mobile phone number to gardai.

 The bail was granted on an independent surety of €6,000.

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