Dundalk men remanded at Special Criminal Court

Six Dundalk men charged with membership of an illegal organisation after gardai foiled a punishment beating in the town were further remanded for a fortnight at the Special Criminal Court today.

Six Dundalk men charged with membership of an illegal organisation after gardai foiled a punishment beating in the town were further remanded for a fortnight at the Special Criminal Court today.

The six men were remanded until May 13 after they made a brief appearance in court today.

An earlier court hearing was told that gardai believe the six were preparing to carry out a punishment beating when detectives raided a house in Dundalk last January.

The six are: Vincent Mc Kevitt, aged 44, Mountain Court, Point Road; Niall Farrell, aged 25, Cedarwood Park; Dalton Mc Kevitt, aged 27, St Aubin's Road; Alan Browne, aged 35, Mountain Court; Eoin Quigley, aged 29, Oakland Park and Tony O' Hare, aged 41, Marian Park.

They are charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann on January 5 last.

The men were charged last January and at a bail hearing Detective Superintendent Michael Hoare said that gardai found a sawn off shotgun, pistol and ammunition when they raided a house at Nicholas Street in Dundalk.

The six men were arrested in or near the house.

The court remanded all the accused, except Vincent Mc Kevitt, in custody until May 13. Vincent Mc Kevitt was remanded on continuing bail until then.

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