IRA accused 'breached all three of his bail conditions', court told

A Dublin man who was arrested for membership of the IRA while out on bail on another charge of IRA membership has been refused bail by the Special Criminal Court.

IRA accused 'breached all three of his bail conditions', court told

A Dublin man who was arrested for membership of the IRA while out on bail on an earlier charge of IRA membership has been refused bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Declan Phelan (32), of Lanndale Lawns, Tallaght was among eight men brought before the non-jury court and charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on March 29, 2013.

The men were arrested after a search of a commercial premises in Clondalkin as part of an on-going garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans.

All eight, including Mr Phelan, were charged with membership of an unlawful organisation.

Mr Phelan was granted bail on condition he would not associate with any co-accused, nor with anyone convicted of, or charged with, a scheduled offence and that he would keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Detective Inspector Michael Gibbons said Mr Phelan was arrested along with six other men 3 2013 at an alleged meeting of the IRA in Tallaght on that date.

He said seven men were arrested at the Tallaght meeting for membership of an unlawful organisation, four of whom were involved in the original alleged offence in Clondalkin.

Mr Phelan was again charged before the Special Criminal Court with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA.

Counsel for Mr Phelan, Feargal Kavanagh SC, said his client had no previous convictions. He had been on remand for fifteen months and had been offered a job pending his release.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan, presiding alongside Judges Cormac Dunne and Margaret Heneghan, said breach of the first condition was serious enough to consider refusal.

Mr Phelan faces trial on the first alleged offence in January 2015 and on the second alleged offence in June.

Proceedings in relation to the forfeiture of €20k bail for the first offence will take place after the trial in January.

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