Two Detective Chief Superintendents have given evidence at the Special Criminal Court of their beliefs that three men accused of being Real IRA members were members of an illegal organisation.
Detective Chief Superintendent Philip Kelly, who heads the Special Detective Unit, told Mr Tom O’Connell SC, prosecuting, it was his belief that Adrian Kirwan was a member of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on December 5th last year.
He also said that he formed the same opinion in relation to Sean Connolly on the 14th of December last year.
In both cases he said his opinion had been formed before the date of the men ’s arrests.
He said that he based his belief on information available to him but he wished to claim privilege on the source, on the grounds that it could endanger life and hamper ongoing security operations in the State.
Detective Chief Superintendent Noel White from the Donegal division said that he believed that Colum Wiggins was a member of an illegal organisation on December 5th last year.
He told Ms Ann Roland BL, for Mr Wiggins, that this information was based partly on that of an informant.
He said he did not know if any money or other favours had been given to this informant.
Adrian Kirwan (aged 25), a native of Ballymun in Dublin, with an address at Ardilaun Green, Ballymahon Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath and Colum Wiggins (aged 24), of Annagry, Letterkenny, Co Donegal have each pleaded not guilty to membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on December 5th last year.
Sean Connolly (aged 26), of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, Dublin has also denied membership of an illegal organisation on December 14th.
The trial is continuing.