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Man accused of IRA membership refused bail

Man accused of IRA membership refused bail

A Cork man accused of IRA membership has been refused bail by the High Court.

Sean Walsh (50) of St John’s Well, Fair Hill, Co Cork is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh Na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on December 14, 2016.

The State objected to Mr Walsh’s bail application.

At today’s bail hearing, Detective Sergeant Patrick Murphy told Ronan Prendergast BL, for the State, that gardai were objecting to bail because of the “seriousness” of the charge.

The court also heard evidence from Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin, who said that his objection was based on Section 2A of the Bail Act.

The section allows a Chief Superintendent give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey ruled that the refusal of bail was necessary on the evidence.

Mr Walsh was remanded in custody.