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Dad convicted of IRA charge

A Co Louth man has been convicted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Barry O'Brien (38), a father- of-three, from Mountainview Court, Dundalk, had denied membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on April 6, 2004.

Garda forensic witnesses told the court that they were "satisfied" O'Brien's fingerprints were found on items seized from a car in Dublin in 2003 in which firearms were discovered.

Teen accused of army hijack

AN 18-YEAR-OLD youth charged with attacking two gardai and hijacking an army vehicle was served with a book of evidence yesterday and sent for trial before a judge and jury.

Thomas Doran, of Coldcut Crescent, Clondalkin, in Dublin, made no reply when he was charged at the Children's Court in October with assaulting two gardai, seizing a Ford Transit army vehicle and motor theft, at Military Road, in Tallaght, in Dublin, on April 17.

He was sent forward for trial at the next term of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Sentence date set for stalker

A MAN is to be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on harassment charges.

Stephen Waldron (28), of Ardmore Woods, Bray, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty that at a place or places unknown he harassed a woman by persistently communicating with her on dates between January 26 and 29, 2009.

Judge Katherine Delahunt set a sentencing date of January 31 next year when the full facts of the case are to be heard.

Snakes on a plane for real...

An airline passenger carried a bag filled with snakes and other animals on an eight-hour flight from Indonesia to Abu Dhabi.

The menagerie, which included four snakes, two parrots and a squirrel inside a box, was discovered in the transit area at Abu Dhabi airport last week.

It was unclear how the animals bypassed authorities in Indonesia to get on the flight. The snakes are believed to have been pythons,