A Limerick man who was a passenger in a stolen car was arrested by Special Branch detectives investigating Continuity IRA activity, the Special Criminal Court was told today.
The court heard that the Special Branch detectives received information that Timothy King and another man were travelling to Dublin from Limerick for a Continuity IRA meeting.
King, aged 28, an unemployed man, of Clarina Avenue, Weston, Limerick pleaded not guilty to membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on June 19 last year.
Detective Garda Jonathan O' Rourke, of the Special Detective Unit, told the court that he and Detective Garda Mark Daly were briefed that King and another man who were Continuity IRA members were travelling to Dublin in a stolen BMW car to meet with other men.
He said that he and Det Gda Daly took up position at the M50.
They followed a stolen BMW car to the car park of the Coachman's Inn in Co Dublin and the accused man was in the passenger seat of the car.
He approached King and arrested him and took possession of a travel pass in a false name and a mobile phone.
The prosecution has claimed that picture messages on the mobile phone showed a man wearing a balaclava with the words "IRA" and "Tiocfaidh Ar La".
Another message showed a tricolour flag with the same words and another showed a Union Jack with the words "F… Brits" and "IRA rule".
The trial is continuing.