Man accused of IRA membership released on bail

Man accused of IRA membership released on bail

A Dublin man accused of IRA membership has been released on bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Conor Metcalfe (25), with an address at Monastery Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on November 24th last year.

At today's bail hearing, Kathleen Leader BL, for Mr Metcalfe, told the court that the State was consenting to bail.

Reading the bail conditions to the court, Ms Leader said that Mr Metcalfe must surrender his passport and not apply for travel documents, sign on daily at Clondalkin garda station and obey a daily curfew between 11pm and 7am.

She further stated that he must not travel outside County Dublin, not enter Northern Ireland, not associate with anybody charged or convicted of a scheduled offence, not contact proposed prosecution witnesses and provide a phone number to gardai.

Mr Metcalfe was released on a cash lodgement of €6,000.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded the accused man on bail until October 21st, when his case is listed for mention again.