‘Hooded Man’ charged with assisting IRA granted bail

Belfast man Kevin Hannaway, one of a group known as the ‘Hooded Men’ who are seeking revision of a judgment on their detention during the Troubles, has been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court pending his trial for allegedly assisting the IRA.

‘Hooded Man’ charged with assisting IRA granted bail

Mr Hannaway, 67, and four co-accused were arrested on August 8 as part of an operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Dublin region.

He was one of a group of men detained by British security forces during the Troubles who are seeking revision of a controversial 1978 judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which said their treatment was “inhuman and degrading” but was not torture.

Kevin Hannaway, of Collin Mill, Belfast, was charged on August 10, with knowingly rendering assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA, whether directly or indirectly, in the performance or furtherance of an illegal object on August 7 and 8.

His co-accused, Edward O’Brien, aged 41, of Hazelcroft Rd, Finglas, Dublin 11, and Eva Shannon, aged 59, of Oakman St, Belfast are charged with the same offence on the same date.

David Nooney, aged 52, of Coultry Green, Ballymun, Dublin, and Seán Hannaway, aged 47, of Linden Gardens, Belfast, are each charged with membership of an unlawful organisation on August 8.

Detective Garda Connor Morgan told State solicitor Michael O’Donovan that he formally arrested Kevin Hannaway at Tower Rd, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, at 2:50pm on August 10.

Det Gda Morgan said he explained to the accused man the reason for his arrest and Kevin Hannaway replied: “I understand.”

Kevin Hannaway, along with his co-accused, were granted bail on consent and on a number of conditions.

“Somewhat unusually,” according to Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy, Ms Shannon was required to sign on daily at the PSNI’s Grosvenor Road Police Station, Belfast while Seán Hannaway was required to sign on daily at Antrim Road Police Station, Belfast.

Independent sureties of €15,000 for Mr O’Brien and €10,500 for Mr Nooney were present in court. The State sought freezing orders in respect of bank accounts so monies would not be reduced below those amounts.

Cash lodgments of €20,000 each were provided or will be provided for Kevin Hannaway, Seán Hannaway, and Eva Shannon. Freezing orders cannot be sought in respect of accounts in the North.

A book of evidence is expected to be served on November 3. A number of the surviving ‘Hooded men’ were present in the court’s public section for yesterday’s bail application.

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