One of four men accused of INLA membership gave a false name to gardaí, the Special Criminal Court heard today.
Gerard Kelleher (aged 28), Cathedral View Walk, Kevin St, Dublin 8, 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 of an illegal organisation, styling itself the INLA on February 22, 2008, contrary to the Offences Against the State Act.
It is the prosecution’s case that the four men were involved in a plot to commit a crime at the house of a man and his family in Cork city.
Garda Liam McGraynor told the court that he was on patrol in an unmarked car in Dublin city centre on Monday February 11, 2008.
He said that he saw a number of men standing outside the Mercantile bar on Dame St.
Among the men were Mr McGarrigle and another man, Gerard Dunne.
Earlier in the week, Dunne pleaded guilty to INLA membership on February 22nd last year and was remanded for sentencing at the end of the trial of the other four men.
Garda McGraynor told the court that the men “fled back inside the premises” of the Mercantile bar when they saw him and his colleague.
He said that he then entered the premises and that a group of men was sitting at a table.
He said that Mr McGarrigle gave the name Aiden Boyle.
Garda McGraynor said that another of the accused, Gerard Kelleher, was also present, and gave his real name.
The trial continues.