Two in court in connection with dissident investigation

Two men appeared at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today on charges arising out of an ongoing garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.

Peter Butterly (aged 33) of Cortown, Togher, Dunleer, Co Louth was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on October 8.

Nicholas Kendall (aged 20) of Row St, Wexford was charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol and nine rounds of ammunition at Cortown, Togher, Dunleer, Co Louth on Friday.

He was also charged with the unlawful possession of a component part for a timing power unit used in an improvised explosive device at The Forge car park, Lower Main St, Dunleer on October 8.

Detective Garda Dominic Berry, Special Detective Unit, gave evidence of arresting Butterly at Santry at 12.25pm today. He said that when cautioned Butterly replied: "No Comment".

Detective Garda John Feeney, SDU, gave evidence of arresting Kendall at Griffith Avenue in Dublin at 12.35pm today. Kendall also replied: "No comment" when cautioned after his arrest.

The court remanded both men in custody until Tuesday when bail applications are expected to be made.

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