Man charged with IRA membership granted temporary bail

Man charged with IRA membership granted temporary bail

A Dublin man charged with membership of the IRA has been granted temporary bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Kevin Braney (40), of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin was among seven men brought before a special sitting of the non-jury court two years ago charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on July 3 2013.

Mr Braney was granted temporary bail by the three-judge Special Criminal Court this morning from May 26 until June 3 next on consent and on a number of conditions.

He was required to enter into his own bond of €100 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour while on bail, to surrender his passport and travel documents, reside at a given address except on one date when he is required to reside at an address outlined, sign on twice daily at a local garda station except on one date outlined, observe a curfew from between 7am and 7pm and provide a mobile phone number to gardaí.

Mr Braney was also required to not contact any prosecution witnesses or associate with any co-accused, persons convicted or charged with a scheduled offence or on bail from the Special Criminal Court save for in the presence of his legal team while on temporary bail.

Counsel for Braney, Tony McGillicuddy BL, told the non-jury court that Mr Braney's independent surety of €3,250 was present in court.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding alongside Judge Cormac Dunne and Judge Flann Brennan, granted temporary bail.

Mr Braney's trial for alleged membership of an unlawful organisation is currently listed for June 9 next.

His six co-accused Peter Burns (39) of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Brian Nick McBennet (56), of Ard Collum Avenue, Artane, Dublin 5 , Michael Barr (33) of Carlton Court, Poppintree, Ballymun, John Brock (41) of Glenview Park, Tallaght, Declan Phelan (31) of Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght and Desmond Christie (49) of Liam Mellows Road, Finglas, were all charged with the same offence on the same date.