Two of the men charged last month with possession of explosive materials in Dublin have been released on bail at the Special Criminal Court today.
Terry McConnell (aged 25), Tullymore Gardens, Andersontown, Belfast and Gareth Byrne (aged 26) Park Crescent, Kimmage, Dublin 12, are charged with the unlawful possession of explosive materials, contrary to the Offences against the State Act, at The Crescent, Park West, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on September 9, last.
Also charged are Cormac Fitzpatrick (aged 22), Cathedral Walk, Monaghan, Co Monaghan, Garret Pigott (aged 25) Philipsburgh Terrace, Dublin 3, Jonathan Keogh (aged 23), Upper Sean McDermott Street, Dublin.
All five men are accused of being in possession of items including four black coated steel piping 32 cm in length, 3.8cm in diameter and screw threaded at both ends, eight metal end caps, bulbs, batteries, wiring, travel alarm clocks, 620 grams of propellant powder, and 10 cm long nails.
Gareth Byrne, Garret Pigott, and Jonathan Keogh are further charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish National Liberation Army otherwise known as the INLA, within the state on September 9 last, contrary to the Offences against the State Act.
Mr McConnell was released on an independent surety of €15,000 and his own bond of €100.
The State had earlier opposed bail. Detective Inspector Christopher Kelly told the court that he believed Mr O’Connell “would not stand trial if granted bail” because of the “seriousness” of the charge and because of the potential maximum sentence of 14 years if convicted.
Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, presiding at the three-judge, non-jury court, said that she was “satisfied that it is an appropriate case in which to grant bail with particular terms.”
She then went on to list those terms, including: the accused must reside at an address in Monaghan and sign on daily at Monaghan garda station.
He must obey a curfew between 9pm and 5am, must not associate with his co-accused or other persons convicted or charged with a scheduled offence, must surrender his passport, must not leave the jurisdiction, must not contact any proposed prosecution witnesses and must provide the gardaí with a mobile phone number and use only that phone.
Mr Byrne was released on an independent surety of €20,000 and on the same terms as Mr McConnell with the following exceptions: he must reside in Celbridge, sign on daily at Celbridge garda station and obey a curfew from 10pm to 7am.
Cormac Fitzpatrick was already released on bail last month. The other two accused are still in custody. All five men were remanded until next week.