Tallaght man accused of possessing 150kg of explosives bailed

John Brock
John Brock

A Dublin man charged with possessing 150 kg of explosives has been released on bail by the Special Criminal Court today.

John Brock (43), with an address at Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24, is charged with possession of 57kg of homemade explosives, consisting of ammonium nitrate fuel mix, and thirty-eight 2.5kg rolls of Kemegel industrial explosives at Naas Rd, Dublin 12, on April 13th, 2016.

He is also charged with membership of an unlawful organization, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on the same date.

The State consented to Mr Brock's bail application, prosecution counsel Vincent Heneghan BL told the three-judge court today.

Mr Brock was released on his own bond of €1,000 and an independent surety of €20,000.

The conditions of his bail are that he must surrender his passport and not apply for travel documents, sign on daily at Tallaght garda station, obey a daily curfew between 11pm and 7am, not leave the jurisdiction or travel to Northern Ireland, not associate with anybody charged or convicted of a scheduled offence, not contact proposed prosecution witnesses and provide a phone number to gardai.

He was released on his own bond of €1,000 and an independent surety of €20,000.

Later, Mr Brock's co-accused, John Roche (53), with an address at Bridgefoot St, Dublin 8, was granted temporary bail from 9am to 7pm tomorrow, Friday April 22nd. 

Mr Roche faces the same charges as Mr Brock.  

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan, remanded Mr Brock on bail and Mr Roche in custody with consent to temporary bail.

The men's case was listed for mention again on June 9th.