Man charged with IRA membership after gardai discover weapons cache
A Monaghan man charged with IRA membership after gardai discovered a weapons cache will face trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court next month.
Jim Smyth (43) was arrested in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan in November 2015 by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of ongoing investigations into dissident republican activity which discovered a cache of firearms including AK47 assault rifles, mortars, detonators, detonating cord and other component parts of IED’s.
Mr Smyth, with an address at Aghalissabeagh, Scotstown, County Monaghan is charged with membership of an unlawful organization, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on November 25th, 2015.
Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding at the three-judge court, fixed a trial date of May 15th.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.
Mr Smyth was remanded on continuing bail until the start of his trial.