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Seven Dublin men plead not guilty to IRA membership

The Special Criminal Court where the case opened today
The Special Criminal Court where the case opened today

Seven Dublin men pleaded not guilty at the Special Criminal Court today to charges that they belonged to an illegal organisation, the IRA, in July 2013.

Brian Nick Mc Bennett (54) of Ard Collum Ave., Artane,Peter Burns (39) of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Kevin Braney (39) also of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, 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, each pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 3, 2013.

Prosecuting counsel Ms Tara Burns SC told the court that she intended to open the case against the seven men tomorrow and the court adjourned the trial until then.

By Diarmaid Mac Dermott