Wednesday 16 October 2019

Man charged with IRA membership has bail varied for nuptials

Brian Kavanagh

A Dublin man charged with membership of the IRA has had his bail varied to allow him attend two weddings over the summer months.

Lawyers for Declan Phelan (31) today applied to the Special Criminal Court to have his bail varied on June 1st and 2nd to allow him attend a wedding in Dublin and on July 27th and 28th to allow him attend a wedding in Cork.

Mr Phelan, of Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght, was among eight men arrested on Good Friday after a search of a commercial premises in Clondalkin as part of a garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans.

He was brought before an Easter Sunday sitting of the non –jury Special Criminal Court where he was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on March 29th, 2013.

Mr Phelan’s co-accused Kevin Braney (38), Des Christie (49), Eamon McNamee (32), John Brock (40), Darren Murphy (42), William Jackson (53) and Hubert Duffy (45) were each charged with the same offence on the same date.

He was granted bail in April under a number of conditions, including that he observe a curfew between midnight and 7am.

Darren Murphy, of Rory O’Connor House in Dublin 1, also applied to have his bail varied to allow him reside at nearby George’s Place for three days a week.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would permit the variations after hearing there was no objection from the State and that those who provided independent bail sureties were present in court.

He remanded the men on continuing bail to appear before the court again on June 11th.

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