Suspected IRA member granted bail


A Dublin man who was arrested for membership of the IRA has been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Declan Phelan (32), of Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght, Dublin 24 was granted bail on condition he surrenders his passport /travel documents, signs on daily at Naas Garda Station, agrees not to leave the jurisdiction that includes not travelling to Northern Ireland, observes a curfew between the hours of 12 Midnight and 6.30 am and does not to associate with any person convicted or charged with a scheduled offence.

The accused must also provide a mobile phone number to the Gardaí from a mobile phone provider in the jurisdiction, and the phone is to be left on at all times and be the sole phone used by accused. 

Mr Phelan was granted bail on an independent surety of €10,000 and his own bond of €100.

Mr Phelan will next appear before the Special Criminal Court on June 9 2015 at 11am.

At a special sitting of the non-jury court in July 2013, seven men were charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 3 2013.

The seven were: Peter Burns (39) of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Kevin Braney (39) also of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Michael Barr (33) of Carlton Court, Poppintree, Ballymun, Brian Nick McBennett (54) of Ard Collum Avenue, Artane, 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.