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Brendan Treanor has brought a High Court challenge to a decision that he be tried before the non-jury Special Criminal Court

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Brendan Treanor

Brendan Treanor

Brendan Treanor

A man charged in connection with the robbery of a credit union where Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered has brought a High Court challenge to a decision that he be tried before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

The action has been brought by Brendan Treanor, who is charged with participating in a robbery that occurred at the Lordship Credit Union, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

He is also facing a charge with an offence relating to conspiracy to burgle.

Since his arrest, Mr Treanor (33), of Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, has been refused bail and is currently remanded in custody in Portlaoise Prison.

He has brought judicial review proceedings against the DPP, the Justice Minister, Ireland and the Attorney General over the decision taken by the DPP last year that he should be tried before the Special Criminal Court.

His action has been brought on grounds including that the DPP has failed to provide his lawyers with detailed reasons for the decision to try him before the Special Criminal Court.

This, his lawyers claim, is relevant because the man accused of murdering Det Gda Donohoe during the same robbery, Aaron Brady from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was tried and convicted before a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

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Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (Garda/PA)

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (Garda/PA)

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (Garda/PA)

 

However, no answers to his questions have been provided by the DPP.

He also argues that his trial before the Special Criminal Court would be unlawful and in breach of his constitutional rights because it is operating as a permanent court when it was only set up on a temporary basis nearly 50 years ago.

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Represented by Seán Guerin SC, Mr Treanor seeks an order restraining the DPP from prosecuting him before the Special Criminal Court rather than the ordinary courts. The matter came before Judge Charles Meenan yesterday.

The judge directed that the application for permission to bring the challenge be made in the presence of the respondent's lawyers.

The matter will return before the court in March.

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