Trial of Dublin man hears rockets and explosives found during house raid

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Rockets and explosives were found during a search of a house in Wexford, the Special Criminal Court trial of a Dublin man accused of IRA membership has heard today.

Ryan Glennon (25), of Macken Villas, Macken St, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on May 13, 2015.

It is the prosecution's case that a large amount of explosives were found at a property in Courtown, Co Wexford, and that there is evidence connecting the accused man to the property.

Today, Detective Garda Shane Curran, of the Garda Technical Bureau, told prosecuting counsel Tara Burns SC that he examined items found at the house on the day in question.  

Inside a green water butt, a large barrel used for catching and storing rainwater, were four improvised steel rockets, he said. 

The rockets were prototypes for designing a launching missile to deliver an explosive payload, the court heard. 

The detective said that he also found 75g of a substance he believed to be Semtex, a plastic explosive, as well as 4.8kg of pyrotechnic powder.

He went on to describe a number of other items, including electric switches and detonators, battery clips and circuit boards. 

It was his opinion, he said, that these items were to be used in an improvised explosive device, or I.E.D.

The court heard that the detective also examined items found in a crate in the kitchen. 

These were fertilizer, gardening gloves and a steel tube with a number of holes drilled through it, he said, adding that the items were to be used in the construction of an I.E.D. 

Sergeant Eamon Ryan told Ms Burns that on March 14, 2015, he was on patrol in Finglas, when he saw the accused and two others standing at the bottom of a park at Violet Hill.

It was an "unusual place for three men to be gathered", he said. 

The trial resumes on Tuesday morning.

Daniel Hickey