A Co Cork chef arrested as part of a garda investigation into IRA money-laundering walked free on bail from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.
Don Bullman (aged 30), a chef and father of two, of Fernwood Crescent, Leghanamore, Wilton, Co Cork was charged last Friday with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 16.
On Monday the court granted Bullman bail on his own bond of €500, an independent surety of €30,000, ordered him to report daily to Togher garda station, to surrender his passport and not to travel outside Co Cork.
The court also ordered him not to associate with anyone convicted of subversive crime or to associate with four named individuals - Conor Mc Laughlin, Christopher Mc Elhinney, Tom Hanlon and George Hegarty.
Today, Mr Denis Butler, solicitor with the Chief Prosecution Service, said that the Gardaí had no objections to the proposed independent bailsperson, Mr Denis Dunlea.
Mr Dunlea told the court that he is an uncle of the accused and he said that he lived at Liam Lynch Park, Glasheen Road, Cork. He said he understood the bail conditions set by the court and he undertook to ensure that Don Bullman did not breach the conditions.
He also undertook to ensure that Bullman did not associate with the people named in the bail conditions.
On Monday Detective Superintendent Diarmuid O' Sullivan of the Special Detective Unit, objected to bail for Bullman and said that he believed Bullman would interfere with evidence if granted bail.
He said that gardaí had found a bag containing a Daz box and the box contained over €94,000 wrapped in three individual wrappings of 30,000 Euro each when Bullman was arrested last week at Heuston Station in Dublin in a northern registered jeep.
The Detective Supt said that Bullman was "a central individual" to the activities of the IRA prior to February 16 and that activity was "a money-laundering operation for the IRA, in which he is central.''
The Det Supt said: "I have an apprehension he will continue to launder money for an unlawful organisation, the IRA."
Bullman, in evidence, said: "I am not a member of any unlawful organisation and never was." He also denied that he was in the IRA and agreed to give any undertaking sought by the court.