SCOTSTOWN MAN ACCUSED OF IRA MEMBERSHIP IS GRANTED BAIL

12 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A 43-year-old man from Scotstown, Co Monaghan who is facing a charge alleging membership of the IRA was released on bail at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Tuesday.

Jim Smyth, of Aghalissabeagh, was arrested in Carrickmacross last month by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of ongoing investigations into dissident republican activity.

He is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself on the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on 25 November.

On Tuesday, Detective Inspector William Hanrahan, of the Special Detective Unit, told the three-judge, non-jury court that Gardaí were objecting to bail on grounds of the seriousness of the charge.

Detective Chief Superintendent John McMahon told the court there was an objection to bail under Section 2 of the Bail Act.

The section allows a Chief Superintendent give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge Ann Ryan, said:

“In this particular case, with a charge merely of …

 

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