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Dublin man found with 'shopping list' to make explosives jailed

Dublin man found with 'shopping list' to make explosives jailed

A Dublin man who had a "shopping-list" of chemicals used in making explosives has been jailed for four and a half years for IRA membership.

David Murray (56), of Cappogue Cottages, Finglas, Dublin had pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh Na hÉíreann, on March 25th, 2015.

Today, Murray was convicted by the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court for what the presiding judge, Mr Justice Tony Hunt, said was a "profound, active and wide-ranging involvement" in subversive activities.

During the trial, the court heard evidence from Assistant Commissioner Michael O'Sullivan, who said he believed Murray was a member of the IRA.

On March 25th, 2015, gardai searched Murray's house and found a "shopping-list" of chemicals and other items, used in making explosives.

Mr Justice Hunt said that this was the "most significant and sinister" of the documents found in the bedroom.

The court had heard that the list was "remarkably similar" to a list found in the van of another man, Stephen Hendrick. 

Last year, Hendrick, with an address at Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, Dublin 11, was sentenced by the court to eleven years in prison for possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives. 

Other documents found in Murray's bedroom included a transcript of a bail hearing from the Special Criminal Court and handwritten notes which the prosecution said were IRA intelligence regarding the movements of a cigarette delivery-van based in Limerick, as well as notes detailing various security companies in Dublin.

Another document related to fund-raising for republican prisoners.

Mr Justice Hunt said that the documents related to the "contemplation of serious crimes and the furtherance of the aims of the IRA". 

After his arrest, Murray was questioned by gardai under Section 2 of the Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act, 1998. The section allows a court to draw inferences from a suspected person's failure or refusal to answer questions regarding alleged IRA membership.

When detectives asked Mr Murray if he was a friend of Stephen Hendrick, the accused man made no reply. 

Murray was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

The sentence was backdated to April 1st.