Shannon trial moved to Dublin

Five anti-war protesters have had their bail conditions amended after their trial for causing €500,000 worth of damage to a US naval plane in Shannon was transferred to Dublin.

Five anti-war protesters have had their bail conditions amended after their trial for causing €500,000 worth of damage to a US naval plane in Shannon was transferred to Dublin.

The five are charged in connection with a February 13 attack on a US naval aircraft at Shannon Airport.

Their case was moved to Dublin last month from Ennis Circuit Court after their counsel, Mr Michael O'Higgins SC, argued that they could not be tried fairly in Clare.

The defendants are: Damien Moran, a student priest with the Holy Ghost Fathers in Dublin; Ciaron O'Reilly, a native of Australia now living in Dublin; Nuin Dunlop, a US citizen living in Dublin; Karen Fallon from Scotland but residing in Dublin and Deirdre Clancy, also with a Dublin address.

The five have to sign on twice weekly at a garda station, which will be nominated by the Superintendent at Ennis garda station. They have to notify him of any change of address 24 hours in advance.

They are to stay out of Co Clare unless given permission by the Superintendent in Ennis. All, bar Nuin Dunlop, are to stay outside of a half mile radius of the US Embassy in Dublin. However, this does not preclude Ms Fallon from attending at the UK Embassy in Dublin.

Mr Liam Mulholland from the Chief Prosecution Solicitors told Judge Desmond Hogan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the DPP had no objection to the amended bail conditions.

Judge Hogan listed the case again for mention on November 3 and remanded all five on continuing bail.

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