Five convicted of Real IRA membership

Five men have been convicted by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of membership of the Real IRA. The five men have been remanded in custody for sentencing at a later date.

Five men have been convicted by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of membership of the Real IRA. The five men have been remanded in custody for sentencing at a later date.

During the 20-day trial, the five men denied membership of an illegal organisation - allegedly the Real IRA.

The five men are Ciaran O' Dwyer (aged 50), of Castletroy View, Limerick, John Murphy (aged 25), of Ashburton House, Kilbarry, Old Mallow Road, Cork, Ultan Larkin (aged 34), of The Bungalow, Farranshone, Limerick, Gerard Varian (aged 46), of Bride Valley View, Fairhill, Cork and Aidan O' Driscoll (aged 25) of Glenheights Park, Ballyvolane, Cork.

They all pleaded not guilty to membership of an illegal organisation styling itself Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on December 15, 2003.

Prosecuting counsel Mr John Edwards SC has said the five men were allegedly members of the Real IRA.

Assistant Commissioner Jerry Kelly gave evidence during the trial that he believed the accused Larkin and O'Dwyer were members of an illegal organisation. Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Mc Andrew gave evidence that he believed Varian, Larkin and O' Driscoll were each members of an illegal organisation.

Varian, Larkin and O' Dwyer each denied on oath that they were members of the IRA or any illegal organisation.

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