Dublin man gets bail changed to attend wedding with best man co-accused

A Dublin man charged with membership of the IRA has had his bail conditions varied to allow him attend a wedding where his co-accused is to be the best man.

A Dublin man charged with membership of the IRA has had his bail conditions varied to allow him attend a wedding where his co-accused is to be the best man.

Lawyers for Kevin Braney (aged 38), this morning applied to the Special Criminal Court to have the accused man’s bail varied on June 1 to allow him attend a wedding at a Dublin hotel and on June 2 to allow him celebrate his wedding anniversary at the same hotel.

Earlier this month his co-accused Declan Phelan (aged 31) had his bail varied to allow him attend the same wedding, where he will be best man.

Mr Braney, of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, and Mr Phelan, of Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght were among eight men arrested on Good Friday after a search of a commercial premises in Clondalkin as part of a garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans.

They were brought before an Easter Sunday sitting of the non –jury Special Criminal Court where they were charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on March 29th, 2013.

Their co-accused, Des Christie (aged 49), Eamon McNamee (aged 32), John Brock (aged 40), Darren Murphy (aged 42), William Jackson (aged 53) and Hubert Duffy (aged 45) were each charged with the same offence on the same date.

Mr Braney was granted bail in April under a number of strict conditions, including that he reside at his home address and observe a curfew between 11pm and 6am.

He was also ordered not to associate with his co-accused except in the presence of their respective legal teams for the purposes of consultation.

Counsel for the accused man, Mr David Whelehan BL, told the court that there was consent to relaxing the curfew and residency requirements for this coming Saturday, but the State was objecting to extending the variation to Sunday.

He asked the court to relax the conditions on Sunday and said his client was willing to undertake not to have any contact with his co-accused, adding that Mr Braney and been complying with all the “very strict” conditions of his bail.

Detective Inspector Michael Gibbons told State Solicitor Mr Michael O’Donovan that gardaí were opposing a variation for the second night because of the association issue, adding that it would seem there was no reason why gardaí should consent to Mr Braney staying in the hotel for a second night.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said the court had considered the application and would agree to vary the bail for one night but was not disposed to extend this to a second night.

Des Christie, of Liam Mellows Road, Finglas, also successfully applied to have his bail residency, sign-on and curfew conditions varied on the 30th and 31st of May.

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