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DNA of IRA accused found in Wexford house, Special Criminal Court hears

DNA of IRA accused found in Wexford house, Special Criminal Court hears

DNA from a man accused of IRA membership was found in a pair of gloves seized from a house in Wexford, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The court has previously heard that while searching the Courttown premises gardai also found rockets and explosives.

Ryan Glennon (25), of Macken Villas, Macken St, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on May 13th, 2015.

It is the prosecution's case that a large amount of explosives were found at the property in Courttown, Co Wexford, and that there is evidence connecting the accused man to the property.

Today, Doctor Hilary Clarke, of the Forensic Science Laboratory, told Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, that she compared Mr Glennon's DNA to a sample found in a pair of work gloves seized from the kitchen of the Courttown house.

She said that elements present in Mr Glennon's profile could not be excluded as a major contributor to the sample taken from the work gloves.

The court also heard that in the sample found in the gloves were two main contributors of DNA, Mr Glennon's and another man's.

Under cross-examination, Dr Clarke agreed with Hugh Hartnett SC, for Mr Glennon, that it is possible for DNA to transfer from one person to another.

The prosecution then closed its case.

Tomorrow/, the trial is expected to hear closing speeches on behalf of the prosecution and the defence.