A man has this evening been charged in connection with an alleged surveillance operation on the Dublin headquarters of a number of specialist garda units.
Corey Mulhall (aged 41), of Daletree Court, Ballycullen, Dublin 24, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 26, 2012.
Suspicions were aroused earlier this week when a person known to gardaí was observed at the Harcourt Hotel close to Harcourt Square Garda Station. The station is home to the Special Detective Unit whose tasks include monitoring the activities of dissident republicans.
Enquiries revealed that this person had rented a room overlooking Harcourt Square under a false name, while a subsequent search of the room resulted in the seizure of equipment which it is believed was being used for surveillance purposes.
At a special sitting of the non-jury court this evening, Detective Garda Ronan Judge told State Solicitor Mr Michael O’Donovan that he arrested the accused man at Irishtown Road in Dublin shortly after five o’clock this evening.
Det Gda said that at the time of the arrest he believed Mr Mulhall had committed the offence of membership of an unlawful organisation.
He said that when he explained to the accused man in ordinary language the reason for his arrest, he made no reply.
There was no application for bail or legal aid made on behalf of Mr Mulhall, who appeared before the court wearing an orange t-shirt and blue jeans.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Flannan Brennan and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded the accused man in custody to appear before the court again on Thursday, October 4.