Court grants accused bail in explosives case

One of four men arrested in connection with the discovery of a mortar in Co Louth has been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

One of four men arrested in connection with the discovery of a mortar in Co Louth has been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Patrick Tierney (aged 25), of Drumarg Park, Armagh City, Co Armagh was 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.

He was arrested in November last year after a garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.

Today the court granted Tierney bail on his own bond of €100 and two independent sureties totalling €16,500. There was no objection from the State.

Tierney was also ordered to sign on daily at Navan Garda Station, to observe a curfew between 11pm and 7am and to reside at his uncle’s address in Nobber, Co Meath. He is to surrender his passport and not to associate with anyone convicted of a scheduled offence or with his co-accused.

He must agree not to contact any proposed prosecution witnesses in the case and is to ensure that a mobile phone number provided to gardaí is contactable at all times and be the sole number used by him.

His co-accused Dalton McKevitt (aged 36) was granted bail in December last year on similarly strict conditions.

McKevitt was charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised mortar launcher and a mortar at Commons Road, Dromiskin, Co Louth on November 30, 2010. He was also charged with IRA membership on the same date.

There were no bail applications on behalf of the two other men arrested in connection with the same operation.

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 Gordon (aged 22), of Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh City is also 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.

Presiding judge Mr Justice John Mac Menamin, sitting with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge William Hamill, listed the case for mention on July 28 next.

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