Tuesday 24 April 2018

Special Criminal Court trial delayed by bad weather

Kevin Hannaway from Belfast
Kevin Hannaway from Belfast

Eoin Reynolds

A trial at the Special Criminal Court was delayed today as three of the accused were trapped in Belfast by bad weather.

Kevin Hannaway (69) of Collin Mill, Belfast is charged with knowingly rendering assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, namely with Sean Hannaway, assisting in interviewing persons involved in IRA organised criminal activities, said interviews being directly or indirectly in the furtherance of an unlawful object, at Riverwood Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15 on August 7 and 8, 2015.

His co-accused Eva Shannon (60) of Oakman Street, Belfast is charged with the same offence on the same dates.

Edward O’Brien (42), of Hazelcroft Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, David Nooney (53) of Coultry Green, Ballymun, Dublin 11, and Seán Hannaway (48) of Linden Gardens, Belfast are each also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely an organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on August 8, 2015.

Ronan Munro SC for Kevin Hannaway said his client could not get public transport or a taxi to take him from his home in West Belfast to the train station. Barristers for Sean Hannaway and Ms Shannon said their clients were held up for similar reasons.

Justice Isobel Kennedy adjourned the trial until tomorrow morning. None of the accused have yet been arraigned.

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