Saturday 17 March 2018

Man charged with IRA membership at out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court
The Special Criminal Court

Ruaidhrí Giblin

A Dublin man has been charged with IRA membership at an out-of-hours sitting of the three-judge Special Criminal Court

Darren Gleeson (34), with an address at Corduff Green, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, to wit an organisation styling itself as the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, within the State on May 18, 2017.

Mr Gleeson was arrested and brought before the non-jury Special Criminal Court this/yesterday evening (FRIDAY) and charged with the offence.

Detective Garda Sean Finnegan of the Special Detective Unit told the three-judge court that he identified himself to Mr Gleeson at 15.50pm on Mellows Road, Finglas today and arrested him under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Det Gda Finnegan said he conveyed Mr Gleeson to Finglas Garda station. He said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that Mr Gleeson be brought before the next sitting of the Special Criminal Court.

Det Gda Finnegan said he met with Mr Gleeson in the confines of the Criminal Courts of Justice building today/yesterday(FRIDAY), handed him a copy of the charge sheet and explained the charge to him. Mr Gleeson made no reply.

Wearing a blue and black Adidas tracksuit top and grey tracksuit bottoms, the accused stood up and said “yes” when asked if he was Darren Gleeson.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding alongside Judge John O'Hagan and Judge Flann Brennan, remanded Mr Gleeson in custody to May 25 next when an application for bail is expected to be made.

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