Limerick man denies C-IRA membership

A Limerick man who is a member of Republican Sinn Féin denied under oath at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today that he was a member of the Continuity IRA.

A Limerick man who is a member of Republican Sinn Féin denied under oath at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today that he was a member of the Continuity IRA.

Timothy King said: "I have never been a member of any IRA." King told his counsel Ms Grainne McMorrow, SC, that he had never been sworn in to any illegal organisation and had never received training in the use of guns or explosives.

King, aged 26, unemployed, 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.

King admitted to his counsel that he was carrying a false travel pass in the name of a dead man when he was arrested but said this was purely for getting free travel on buses in Limerick.

Cross-examined by prosecuting counsel Mr Paul Burns, BL, King denied that he was lying to the court by denying his membership of an illegal organisation.

He agreed that he was the passenger in a stolen car with false number plates when he was arrested but said he had taken a lift with the driver of the car "out of boredom" and had ended up in Dublin after leaving Limerick.

"I just went for a spin," he said.

King told Mr Burns that Republican Sinn Féin did not support criminality but he agreed that he had by getting into a stolen car.

Asked if he condemned political violence, King said: "I condemn all violence." King said he visited prisoners in Portlaoise prison as part of his responsibilities as a member of Cabhair, whose activities he described as "more of a humanitarian thing".

The trial continues tomorrow.

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