Man charged with IRA membership

Man charged with IRA membership

A man has appeared at an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday evening charged with IRA membership.

Damien Metcalfe (30) was arrested in Dublin yesterday by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of ongoing investigations into dissident republican activity.

Mr Metcalfe, with an address at Monastery Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 was charged with membership of an unlawful organization, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on November 24th, 2015. 

Detective Garda Ronan Judge told State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan that he arrested Mr Metcalfe under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act yesterday at Irishtown Rd, Dublin 4.

He said he explained to Mr Metcalfe the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him. 

Mr Metcalfe made no reply, the court heard. 

The court further heard that the detective garda transported Mr Metcalfe to Irishtown garda station and later met him at the Special Criminal Court, where he again cautioned the accused and informed him that he was to be charged, to which Mr Metcalfe made no reply.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge William Hamill and Judge Anne Ryan, remanded Mr Metcalfe in custody until next Tuesday.