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TCD student facing guns charges has case delayed

THE case against a Trinity College graduate and three men charged with the possession of two handguns and ammunition has been adjourned.

State Solicitor Irene Daly told the non-jury Special Criminal Court that further disclosure had been made to the defence teams of Ursula Shannon (28), who is a prominent member of socialist republican group Eirigi, and her co-accused Colin Brady (23), John Troy (33) and John McGreal (36).

She asked that the matter be put back as the defence teams may need time to consider the material.

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 7 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

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


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

Presiding Judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge William Hamill, said the court would list the matter for mention on June 18.