Four men arrested after the discovery of a mortar in Co Louth last year have been served with a book of evidence at the Special Criminal Court today.
The men, two of whom are from the Republic while are from the North, were arrested in November last year after a garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.
Dalton McKevitt (aged 36), was charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised mortar launcher and a mortar at Commons Road, Dromiskin, Co Louth on November 30, 2010 while Niall Farrell (aged 34), was charged with the unlawful possession of a mortar launcher at same address on the same date.
McKevitt, of Woodbury Gardens, Dundalk, Co Louth and Farrell, of Clos Brid, Dundalk, Co Louth were also each charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on November 30, 2010.
Patrick Tierney (aged 26), 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, 2010.
McKevitt is currently on bail on strict conditions while the other three men remain in custody.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Cormac Dunne and Judge John O’Hagan, said the matter would come before the court again on May 27 for mention.