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Fingerprints found in Wexford house match those of IRA membership accused

Fingerprints found in Wexford house match those of IRA membership accused

Fingerprints found on a handcart in a house in Wexford match those belonging to a man accused of IRA membership, the Special Criminal Court has heard today.

The court has previously heard that while searching the Courttown premises gardai 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 a property in Courttown, Co Wexford, and that there is evidence connecting the accused man to the property.

Today/Yesterday (Mon), Detective Garda Niall Lannon, of the Garda Technical Bureau, told prosecuting counsel Tara Burns SC that he compared fingerprints on a handcart found in a house at Harbour View, Courttown to Mr Glennon's.

Det Gda Lannon said there was "no doubt" the prints on the handcart were made by the accused man.

Under cross-examination, he agreed with Hugh Hartnett SC, defending, that it is not possible to determine a fingerprint's age and that they can persist for a long period of time. 

The court also heard evidence of interviews conducted by gardai with Mr Glennon.

During interviews, detectives invoked Section 2 of the Offences Against the State Act, Detective Garda Alan Fitzgerald, of the Special Detective Unit, told Anne-Marie Lawlor BL, prosecuting. 

This section allows a court to draw inferences from a suspected person's failure or refusal to answer questions regarding alleged IRA membership.

The detective said that Mr Glennon made no comment when asked whether or not he was an IRA member.

The accused man also made no comment when asked about the house in Courttown, the court heard.

Earlier, the judges ruled that Mr Glennon's arrest and detention were lawful. 

Mr Glennon's barrister had argued last week that his client had been illegally detained. 

The trial continues in front of Mr Justice Robert Eagar, presiding, with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan.