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Man charged with IRA membership granted bail by the Special Criminal Court

Murray granted bail by the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin
Murray granted bail by the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin

A Dublin man charged with membership of an unlawful organisation has been granted bail by the non-jury Special Criminal Court on a number of conditions.

David Murray (54) of Cappogue Cottages, Finglas Dublin 11, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh Na hÉíreann, otherwise the IRA on March 25 2015.

He was granted bail by the three-judge, non-jury court today on his own bond of €100. An independent surety of €20,000 was also present in court.

The gardaí had no objection to bail on condition that Mr Murray reside at an address in Finglas, sign on twice daily at Finglas Garda Station, observe a curfew between midnight and 8am, surrender his passport and travel documents, provide a mobile phone number to gardaí, keep it on at all times and that he not associate with anyone charged with a scheduled offence or contact any prosecution witnesses.

Mr Murray, who was represented by barrister Lorcan Staines BL, was remanded in custody with consent to bail until May 19 when it is expected a book of evidence will be served.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding alongside Judge Martin Nolan and Judge Anthony Hamill also granted legal aid.

Detective Garda Colm Finnerty of the Special Detective Unit had told a late-night sitting of the Special Criminal Court last week that he arrested Mr Murray under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at approximately 7pm at Liam Mellows Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 on Thursday March 26.

When handed the original charge sheet by Detective Garda Finnerty in the confines of the Criminal Courts of Justice and asked whether he had any reply to the charge, Detective Garda Finnerty said the accused made no reply.

Ruaidhrí Giblin