Two men charged with IRA membership

Two men have been charged with membership of the IRA and possession of semtex and ammunition at the Special Criminal Court today. One of the men was also charged with possession of an assault rifle at his home in Limerick.

Two men have been charged with membership of the IRA and possession of semtex and ammunition at the Special Criminal Court today. One of the men was also charged with possession of an assault rifle at his home in Limerick.

James Bullman, (aged 38), of St Ita's St., St Mary's Park, Limerick and Christopher Dinneen, (aged 49), of Sarsfield Court, Garryowen, Limerick appeared at a special sitting of the court today to face charges in connection with a Garda search of Dinneen's house in Sarsfield Court last Wednesday evening.

James Bullman was charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on November 6 2002.

He was also charged with possession of 201 rounds of 7.62mm by 39mm calibre ammunition, 40 assorted rounds of ammunition and forty two .45 inch rounds of ACP calibre ammunition.

He was further charged that on November 6 at Sarsfield Court, Limerick, he knowingly had in his possession an explosive substance, semtex, contrary to law.

Christopher Dinneen, who was arrested at 6.20pm on Wednesday in the sitting room of his house at Sarsfield Court, also faced the same charges in relation to membership and possession of explosives and ammunition, but in addition, Dinneen was also charged with possession of an assault rifle.

He was charged that on November 6 at his home in Sarsfield Court, Garryowen, he had unlawful possession of a 7.62mm by 39mm AKM assault rifle.

Detectives from Henry St garda station in Limerick gave evidence of arrest and detention of the two men under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939-'98.

Mr Justice Johnston, presiding, remanded the two men in custody to the next sitting of the Special Criminal Court on November 13.

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