Limerick man found guilty of CIRA membership

A Limerick man was convicted by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today of membership of the Continuity IRA last year.

A Limerick man was convicted by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today of membership of the Continuity IRA last year.

Timothy King, aged 26, of Clarina Avenue, Weston, Limerick had pleaded not guilty to membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on June 19, 2003.

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

He was the passenger in a stolen car with false number plates which had left Limerick that morning.

Chief Superintendent Gerry Kelly told the court that he believed King was a member of an illegal organisation on June 19 last year.

The court also heard that the greeting on King's mobile phone said: "Tiocfaidh Ar La".

King in evidence denied that he was a member of the Continuity IRA or any IRA. He said he had met the driver of the stolen car when going for a newspaper and had gone on the journey to Dublin "for a spin".

Mr Justice Richard Johnson, presiding, said the court rejected King's evidence and added that his account "lacked any vestiage of credibility".

King was remanded in custody until June 9 when a date for sentencing will be fixed.

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