CIRA suspect had republican slogan on mobile

A Limerick man accused of Continuity IRA membership had a republican slogan as a greeting on his mobile phone, the Special Criminal Court in Dublin was told today.

A Limerick man accused of Continuity IRA membership had a republican slogan as a greeting on his mobile phone, the Special Criminal Court in Dublin was told today.

Detective Garda Pat Brennan said that when he turned on Timothy King's mobile phone the slogan "Tiocfaidh Ár Lá" appeared on the phone.

Detective Garda Brennan said the slogan means "Our Day Will Come" and he added: "It's a phrase used by the IRA in all its connotations and associations."

"I believe it comes from the mid 1980's to encourage their supporters that their will day come in unifying Ireland and getting rid of the English," he said.

Cross examined by King's counsel, Ms Grainne Mc Morrow SC, Detective Garda Brennan did not agree that it was a slogan commonly heard at hurling matches.

He said that in searches he had carried out during his eight years as a Special Branch detective the phrase was on paraphernalia associated with illegal republican organisations. "It seems to be their calling card,'' he added.

King (aged 27), of Clarina Avenue, Weston, Limerick has 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, 2003.

The court has heard that King was arrested by Special Branch detectives in a stolen car in the car park of the Coachman's Inn at Cloghran, Co Dublin.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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