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Three Dublin men accused of IRA membership bailed

Released on bail by the Special Criminal Court this morning
Released on bail by the Special Criminal Court this morning

Three Dublin men accused of IRA membership have been released on bail by the Special Criminal Court this morning.

Jonathan Hawthorn (44) of Ballintyre Downs, Ballinteer, James Geraghty (60) of Dolphin House in Dolphin’s Barn and Donal O'Ceallaigh (32) with an address at Beach Road, Sandymount were all charged earlier this month with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 14.

State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan told the court today that the State was consenting the accused men's bail applications. 

The conditions of the men's bail, the court heard, are that they must surrender their passports and not apply for travel documents, obey a daily curfew between 11pm and 7am, not leave the jurisdiction or travel to Northern Ireland, not attend any republican commemorations or gatherings, not associate with each other or anybody charged or convicted of a scheduled offence, not contact proposed prosecution witnesses and provide a phone number to gardai.

Additionally, Mr Geraghty and Mr Hawthorn must sign on daily at Kevin St garda station and Mr O'Ceallaigh at Ballyfermot garda station.

Mr O'Ceallaigh and Mr Hawthorn were both released on independent sureties of €15,000 and Mr Geraghty on an independent surety of €6,000.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Martin Nolan and Judge Gerard Haughton, remanded the three men in custody with consent to bail until October 24th, when their case is listed for mention again.