Court rejects application for separate trials for Dundalk men

The Special Criminal Court today rejected an application for lawyers for six Dundalk men charged with membership of an illegal organisation and firearms offences for separate trials.

The Special Criminal Court today rejected an application for lawyers for six Dundalk men charged with membership of an illegal organisation and firearms offences for separate trials.

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 36), 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.

They are also charged with possession of a sawn off shotgun, pistol and ammunition on the same date.

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 St in Dundalk. The six men were arrested in or near the house.

Today the court rejected applications by lawyers for the six men for separate trials for each of them.

Prosecuting counsel Mr Eamonn Leahy SC told the court that the State intended to have the six men indicted on the firearms and ammunition charges on November 5 and to proceed separately with the membership charges.

All six, except Vincent Mc Kevitt who is on bail, were remanded in custody until November 5.

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