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Man admits to assault rifle possession and IRA membership

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The Donegal man pleaded guilty to the possession of three assault rifles
The Donegal man pleaded guilty to the possession of three assault rifles

A Donegal man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to the possession of assault rifles and ammunition.

Shane Rowan (39) also admitted this morningto IRA membership.  

Rowan, with an address at Forest Park, Killygordan, County Donegal pleaded guilty to the possession of three assault rifles, including a Chinese Type 56, a Romanian PM63 and a Zastava M70, as well as three magazines suitable for use in each rifle, at Tuiterath, Balrath, Slane, County Meath on March 9th this year.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing ammunition. 

The first charge stated that he possessed 75 rounds of assorted manufactured 7.62 by 39mm calibre ammunition at the same place on the same date. 

The second charge accused Rowan of possessing of 78 rounds of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition at Forest Park, Killygordan, County Donegal on the same date. 

Additionally, Rowan pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organization styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, also on the same date.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded Rowan in custody until next Wednesday, July 27th, when he will be sentenced.

By Daniel Hickey