Court grants suspected dissident bail

One of four men arrested last week in connection with the discovery of a mortar in Co Louth and garda investigations into the activities of the dissident terrorist group, Oglaigh na hEireann, was granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

One of four men arrested last week in connection with the discovery of a mortar in Co Louth and garda investigations into the activities of the dissident terrorist group, Oglaigh na hEireann, was granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Dalton McKevitt (aged 35), of Woodbury Gardens, Dundalk, Co Louth was charged on Friday with the unlawful possession of an improvised mortar launcher and a mortar at Commons Road, Dromiskin, Co Louth on November 30. He was also charged with IRA membership on the same date.

Today the court granted McKevitt bail on his own bond of €100 and two independent sureties of €20,000.

He was also ordered to sign on twice daily at Dundalk Garda Station, to observe a curfew between 11pm and 7am, to surrender his passport and not to associate with anyone convicted of a scheduled offence or with his co-accused.

There were no bail applications on behalf of the three other men arrested last week.

They are: Niall Farrell (aged 34), of Closhbrid, Dundalk, Co Louth who was charged with the unlawful possession of a mortar launcher at Commons Road, Dromiskin, Co Louth on November 30 and with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, 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 who 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.

All four men were remanded until December 17.

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