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Man (60) in court on bomb and gun charge

THE Special Criminal Court has set a date in December for the trial of a Longford man charged with having an explosive device on the eve of the State visit of Queen Elizabeth.

Donal Billings (60), of St Bridget's Court, Drumlish, is charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised explosive device at Longford railway station car park on May 16, 2011.

He is also charged with the unlawful possession of a CZ model semi-automatic pistol and 52 rounds of ammunition.

Billings is further charged with four offences under the Criminal Law Act of 1976 of knowingly making false reports.

He is charged with making false reports that bombs had been placed at Busaras in Dublin, at Sinn Fein's headquarters, that two mortars were set for Dublin Castle, and that two bombs had been placed in the toilets at Cork airport.

Billings was remanded on continuing bail until December 5, 2012 for trial.