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Gun accused has bail eased for birthday

A TRINITY College graduate and two men will stand trial for the possession of two handguns, ammunition and a stun gun at the Special Criminal Court next year.

However, solicitor Diarmaid McGuinness told the non-jury court yesterday that although his client Colin Brady (23) was not pleading guilty to the charges, there was "no intention at all of contesting the charges or the evidence" and the trial could "well be finished within a day".

Lawyers for Brady's co-accused John McGreal (36) and Ursula Shannon (28), who is a Trinity College graduate and prominent member of socialist republican group Eirigi, said they also anticipated that the trial would be brief.

Michael O'Higgins SC, for co-accused John Troy (33), asked that his client's case be put back.

All four are charged with the possession of two handguns and 32 rounds of ammunition at Tullybeg, Rahan, Co Offaly, on November 27, 2012.

The charges include the unlawful possession of one 9mm parabellum calibre Taurus PT92 semi-automatic pistol, one magazine suitable for use with the Taurus PT92 pistol, one 9mm parabellum calibre Walther P5 semi-automatic pistol and one ZGJY branded combined stun gun and flashlight.

The quartet is also charged with the possession of 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition and seven rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Unlawful

McGreal, of Thornchase, Palmer Road, Rush, and Troy, of Dunard Avenue, Cabra, are also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on November 27, 2012.

Shannon, of Inglewood Crescent, Clonsilla, and her co-accused were granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in December last year. Brady, of Ashgrove, Baskin Lane, Kinsealy, did not take up his bail.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would list the case of Brady, Shannon and McGreal for trial on January 30, 2014.

He told the accused that if they intended to rely on the defence of alibi they must notify the prosecution within 14 days and furnish the relevant names and addresses.

Mr Justice Butler said the accused should not without leave of court call anybody to give evidence on their behalf unless 21 days before the day of the trial they give notice of their intention to do so.

Mr Justice Butler said the court would also approve an application to lift the curfew imposed as part of the conditions of Shannon's bail for her birthday later this month and on dates in November and December to allow her to attend a wedding and visit her grandmother in Belfast.

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