Dublin man charged with IRA membership

A Dublin man was charged with possession of explosives and membership of the IRA at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court today.

Noel Mooney (aged 29), Leo Fitzgerald House, Dublin 2, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, namely the IRA, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann on Thursday last.

Mr Mooney was also charged with the unlawful possession of explosives, namely an improvised explosive device, at Sean Moore Park, Ringsend, Dublin 4, on the same date.

Sergeant Robert Lackey told the court that he arrested Mr Mooney in Blackrock today and that he made no reply when cautioned.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding at the three-judge court, remanded Mr Mooney in custody until Wednesday, when a bail application is expected to be heard.

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