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Tipperary Man Charged With IRA Membership

GardaThree men, named as Mr Seamus McGrane (aged 59), Mr Donal Ó Coisdealbha (aged 23) and Mr Dylan Cahill (aged 22), have been remanded in custody, having appeared before a Saturday sitting of the non-jury Special Criminal Court yesterday.

All three men, together with other serious charges, were accused of holding membership of an unlawful organisation.

One of the above named, Mr Dylan Cahill, with an address at 102 Lower Irishtown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, was charged with the membership of an unlawful organisation, latter styling itself the Irish Republican Army (IRA), otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann.

Mr Cahill was also charged with possession of an .380 semi-automatic pistol, together with four rounds of ammunition and two improvised explosive devices, commonly referred to as ‘pipe bombs’, at Sradrine, Glenfarne, Co Leitrim, on  May 15th last.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan, all presiding at the non-jury court, were informed by Detective Garda Mark Benson that he had arrested Mr Cahill at Cluneen, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim on Friday May 15th last and that the arrested man had made no reply to the charges.

Discussing bail arrangements for the three men before the court, arresting members of the Gardaí stated that they would not be available on Tuesday next, as they would be otherwise heavily engaged, due to the visit by Prince Charles and his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), to Ireland.

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