MAN CHARGED WITH IRA MEMBERSHIP

4 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A 43-year-old man was brought before an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin at the weekend charged with membership of the IRA.

Jim Smyth, with an address at Aghalissabeagh, Scotstown, Co Monaghan was arrested under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 and detained at Carrickmacross Garda Station before being brought before the three-judge court.

The charge against him alleges membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on November 25th, 2015.

Detective Garda Colm Finnerty told State Solicitor Elaine Fitzmaurice of arresting Mr Smyth under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Main Street, Carrickmacross, outside the Garda Station.

He said he explained to Mr Smyth the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him.

Mr Smyth made no reply, the court heard.

The Detective Garda detained Mr Smyth in Carrickmacross Garda Station before transporting him to the Special Criminal Court, where he showed the charged man a copy of the original charge sheet, to which Mr Smyth made no reply.

Breffni Gordon BL, for Mr Smyth, asked Detective Garda Finnerty if, prior to his arrest today, the charged man had been in Garda custody.

The charged man had been in custody since Wednesday night, the court heard.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge William Hamill, remanded Mr Smyth in custody until Wednesday morning, when a bail application was expected to be heard.

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