Bail for man charged with IRA membership and extortion

A Dublin man charged with IRA membership and extortion was granted bail by the Special Criminal Court today.

A Dublin man charged with IRA membership and extortion was granted bail by the Special Criminal Court today.

Derek Palmer (aged 54), of Corduff Green, Blanchardstown, is charged with making a demand of Wayne Whitehouse with menaces, namely that he pay the sum of €50,000 or be killed.

He is also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 14 last.

Today the court granted Palmer bail on an independent surety or cash lodgement of €3,000 and his own bond of €100.

He was also ordered to sign on daily at Store St Garda station, to surrender his passport, to observe a curfew between midnight and 7am and not to associate with anyone charged with or convicted of any offence before the Special Criminal Court.

Palmer was remanded with consent to bail until October 7 next.

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