Four charged with IRA membership in court

Four men arrested during a garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans in the Munster area were charged with membership of an illegal organisation at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Four men arrested during a garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans in the Munster area were charged with membership of an illegal organisation at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

The four men were each charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on Monday.

They are Ciaran O' Dwyer (aged 48), a printer, of Castletroy View, Limerick, John Murphy (aged 23), unemployed , of Ashburton House, Kilbarry, Old Mallow Road, Cork, Ultan Larkin (aged 32), a carpenter, of The Bungalow, Farranshone, Limerick and Gerard Varian (aged 44), of Bride Valley View, Fairhill, Cork.

The court heard evidence that each of the accused was arrested at their homes during garda searches on Monday morning on suspicion of membership of an illegal organisation.

When O' Dwyer was charged in court he replied: "Not guilty to all these allegations." Murphy replied: "I totally deny these charges," when charged and Larkin said: "Not guilty , your honour." Varian replied: "I plead not guilty," when he was charged.

Murphy and Larkin were remanded in custody until tomorrow when bail applications are expected to be made and O' Dwyer and Varian were remanded in custody until Friday when they are expected to apply for bail.

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