Terror speech-charged Fennell gets bail conditions changed for holiday

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Dee Fennell
Dee Fennell

Prominent republican Dee Fennell has had his bail conditions changed so that he can go on holiday to Donegal.

Fennell is due to stand trial later this year on three charges in relation to a speech he made in Lurgan last Easter.

He's charged with inviting support for the IRA, encouraging acts of terrorism and addressing a group to encourage support for the IRA.

A lawyer acting on behalf of the Crown opposed the changes to Fennell's bail conditions, stating that while he was awaiting trial for the alleged offences, he had been arrested and quizzed by police over the murder of Belfast man Michael McGibbon.

Fennell's solicitor, Peter Corrigan, told Judge Gordon Kerr QC, said that Fennell hadn't been charged in connection with the murder and that "he has been on bail for a significant period without breaching his conditions".

He added: "He is not going to abscond."

Fennell will have to report to Garda twice a week and his phone number and the number of the cottage he is staying in must be given to authorities in the Republic.