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Longford man convicted of possessing explosives during royal visit

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Queen Elizabeth during her 2011 visit to Ireland
Queen Elizabeth during her 2011 visit to Ireland

A Longford man has been convicted of possessing an explosive substance and making bomb threats during the state visit of the UK Queen five years ago

Donal Billings (66) of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, County Longford was found guilty yesterday by three judges at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of the unlawful possession of an explosive substance at Longford railway station car park on May 16th, 2011.

He was further found guilty of four offences under the Criminal Law Act of 1976 of knowingly making false reports tending to show that an offence had been committed.

Billings was found guilty of making a false report within the State on May 16th, 2011, that bombs had been placed at Busáras in Dublin and at Sinn Féin's headquarters.

He was also convicted of making a false report on May 18th that two mortars were set for Dublin Castle, and with making a false report on May 20th that two bombs had been placed in the toilets at Cork airport.

Billings had denied the five charges.