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Man on gun charge freed

A MAN facing firearms and explosives charges has walked free from the Special Criminal Court after the prosecution was dropped.

Thomas Coffey (47), of Monivea, Athenry, was charged last year with the unlawful possession of a revolver and an explosive substance.

No reason was given in court for the DPP's decision, but it understood that a search warrant issued under the relevant section of the Offences Against The State Act which was declared unconstitutional was part of the prosecution evidence.