Louth man pleads guilty to firearms and ammunition charges

Louth man pleads guilty to firearms and ammunition charges

A Louth man has pleaded guilty to four charges of possessing firearms and ammunition, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Joseph Finnegan (54) appeared today before Special Criminal Court Number 2, in what was the court's first hearing since being established last year.  

Mr Finnegan, of Cullenstown, Readypenny, Dundalk, County Louth pleaded guilty to possession of an 8mm calibre blank-firing pistol at the same address on July 11th, 2015. 

He also pleaded guilty to possession of seven rounds of ammunition at the same place on the same date. 

Additionally, Mr Finnegan pleaded guilty to two further possession charges, one involving a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun and the other three rounds of shotgun cartridges, both at the same address and on July 12th, 2015. 

The accused man is also charged with two further alleged offences, for which he will be tried in October this year. 

One charge alleges that he was a member of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 11th, 2015.

He is also charged with possession of two stolen cars, a Ford Focus and an Audi A4, on the same date, at Cullenstown, Readypenny, Dundalk, County Louth. 

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding with Judge Sinead Ni Chuluchain and Judge Gerard Haughton, remanded Mr Finnegan on continuing bail until October 4th, this year, when his trial will begin. 

The judge stated that the matter of sentencing Mr Finnegan for the firearms and ammunition offences, to which he pleaded guilty, will be dealt with after the trial for the other charges concludes.