Monday 23 October 2017

Queen due to visit Cashel day after bomb call, court told

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth

Daniel Hickey

The Queen of England was due to visit the Rock of Cashel the day after bomb warnings were made, a court heard.

The Special Criminal Court heard evidence of telephone calls warning of explosive devices at University College Cork (UCC) and the Rock of Cashel in May 2011.

Kevin Power (38), with an address at Railway Street, Passage West, Co Cork, has pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation on December 19, 2011.

Yesterday David Maher, a security officer at Cork University Hospital, told prosecuting counsel Vincent Heneghan that on May 19, 2011, he received a phone call warning of a bomb.

The caller, speaking in a Northern accent, said there were bombs at a UCC car park and the Rock of Cashel, the court heard.

The court has heard the UCC car park was searched and a detective found what he believed to be a grenade in a plastic bag.

Evidence linking fingerprints on the bag to Mr Power will be presented to the court, Mr Heneghan said.

The trial resumes on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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