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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Man guilty of being a member of the IRA

Justice Robert Eagar, presiding with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, said his refusal to answer questions on the investigation was
Justice Robert Eagar, presiding with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, said his refusal to answer questions on the investigation was "supportive and corroborative" of the claims. Stock photo: Getty

A Dublin man has been convicted of IRA membership in the first trial at the new Special Criminal Court sitting in Dublin.

Ryan Glennon (25), of Macken Villas, Macken St, had pleaded not guilty to membership of an illegal organisation.

The three-judge court yesterday found him guilty, having heard evidence from Chief Superintendent Peter Kirwan that he believed, based on confidential information, that Glennon was an IRA member.

Justice Robert Eagar, presiding with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, said his refusal to answer questions on the investigation was "supportive and corroborative" of the claims.

Mr Justice Eagar said that judges are allowed to make inferences based on refusals to answer material questions. He added that there is "no other inference" from his refusal but that he is a member of the IRA.

Explosives

He said the evidence was supported by testimony from members of the National Surveillance Unit, who said they saw Glennon in a house in Courtown, Dublin, where Semtex explosives, rockets and materials that would be used in making improvised explosive devices were discovered, four days before garda raided the property on May 13, 2015.

Glennon's fingerprints were also found on a handcart and a pair of gloves at the house.

The judge said the court was satisfied Glennon was guilty of IRA membership. Glennon was remanded in custody until November 21 for sentencing.

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