Dublin man pleads guilty to INLA membership

A Dublin man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to INLA membership in February last year.

Gerard Kelleher (aged 28), Cathedral View Walk, Kevin St, Dublin 8, admitted membership of an illegal organisation, styling itself the INLA on February 22 last year, contrary to the Offences Against the State Act.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing until the end of the trial of three other men accused of the same offence.

Neil Myles (aged 54), of no fixed abode, Edward McGarrigle (aged 43), Melmont Gardens, Strabane, Co Tyrone, and John McCrossan (aged 47), Ballycoleman Estate, Strabane, Co Tyrone have all pleaded not guilty to membership the INLA on February 22 last year.

Today at their trial Sgt John Cahill showed the court still photographs taken from CCTV cameras at the Lancaster Lodge B&B in Cork in February last year.

He said that one of the photos, from the night of February 21, showed the three accused men in the B&B’s car park.

Earlier, Kathleen McCarthy, a receptionist at the Lancaster Lodge, told the court that a man in a wheelchair was staying at the B&B on the night of February 21 in Room 102.

The accused, Mr McGarrigle, is wheelchair-bound.

She said that two men called into Room 102 on the morning of February 22.

She said that it was “unusual to have a number of people going in and out”.

Ms McCarthy said that she checked the room after the men had left. There was a box of disposable medical gloves on top of the bin.

Urszula Kalenik, another receptionist at the Lancaster Lodge, told the court that the wheelchair-bound man booked in under the name Michael Devine.

The trial continues.


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