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Two face court over dissident charges

TWO men appeared at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court yesterday on charges arising out of an ongoing garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.

Peter Butterly (33), of Cortown, Togher, Dunleer, Co Louth, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on Friday, October 8.

Nicholas Kendall (20), of Row Street, Wexford, was charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol and nine rounds of ammunition at Cortown, Togher, Dunleer, Co Louth on October 8.

He was also charged with the unlawful possession of a component part for an explosive device at the Forge car park, Lower Main Street, Dunleer, on the same day.

Detective Garda Dominic Berry, Special Detective Unit, gave evidence of arresting Butterly at Santry at 12.25pm yesterday. He said when cautioned Butterly replied: "No comment".

Detective Garda John Feeney, SDU, gave evidence of arresting Kendall at Griffith Avenue in Dublin at 12.35pm yesterday.

He replied, "No comment" when cautioned after his arrest.

Det Gda Feeney told the court the component part Kendall had in his possession was a timing power unit that could be used with an improvised explosive device.

Neither Butterly, who wore a striped red-and-white shirt over denim jeans nor Kendall, who wore a black-and-white striped hoodie, spoke during the short hearing before three judges.

The court remanded both men in custody until tomorrow at 11am when bail applications are expected to be made.

Seven other men, aged between 19 and 71, arrested in Waterford and Wexford in connection with the same investigation, remained in custody last night.

A woman in her 20s was arrested on Saturday morning and is being held at Wexford garda station.

Irish Independent