Four men were charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today in connection with the discovery of a mortar in Co Louth on Tuesday and garda investigations into the activities of the dissident terrorist group, Oglaigh na hÉireann.
Dalton Mc Kevitt (aged 35) of Woodbury Gardens, Dundalk, Co Louth and Niall Farrell (aged 34) of Closhbrid, Dundalk, were each charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised mortar launcher and a mortar at Commons Road, Dromiskin, Co Louth on November 30.
They were also each charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on the same date.
Patrick Tierney (aged 25), of Drumarg Park, Armagh City, Co Armagh and Patrick Gordon (aged 22) of Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh City were each charged with the unlawful possession of an explosive substance, an improvised mortar launcher and a mortar at Commons Road, Dromiskin, Co Louth on November 30.
The court heard that after Gordon was cautioned following his arrest he replied: "I am not a member of the IRA and was only in the car because I was scared."
The court remanded all four men in custody until next Wednesday when bail applications are expected to be made.