Wednesday 24 October 2018

Guilty verdict over terrorism plot

A Louth man who plotted an explosion during the State visit of Britain's Prince Charles two years ago has been found guilty by the Special Criminal Court of directing the activities of a terrorist organisation.

Seamus McGrane (63) who was also convicted of IRA membership, is only the second person to be convicted of directing terrorism in the State. The court found that he discussed an operation involving explosives in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles two years ago.

McGrane, from Little Road, Dromiskin, was convicted of directing the activities of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, between the dates of April 19th and May 13th, 2015.

He was also convicted of membership of the IRA between January 18th, 2010 and May 13th, 2015. He had denied both charges. He will be sentenced on November 14th.

The Argus