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Tuesday 27 June 2017

Two arrested in capital over car bomb murder attempt on PSNI man

Sean Farrell is in custody
Sean Farrell is in custody

Two suspected dissident Republicans from Dublin have appeared before the High Court after they were arrested by gardai in the capital yesterday over the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland in 2015.

Sean Farrell (32), of Kilfenora Road, Crumlin, and Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Road, Finglas, were arrested separately at their places of work in north Dublin.

The PSNI wants to charge both men with attempted murder and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

They were detained yesterday morning under a European Arrest Warrant.

The pair were taken to the High Court and remanded in custody after a brief hearing, during which evidence of their arrest, charge and caution was given by Sergeants Jim Kirwan and Mattie Murphy.

The suspects are due to app-ear before the High Court again on April 3.

The alleged offences relate to the discovery of a viable bomb under a police officer's car in Eglinton, Co Derry, on June 18, 2015.

Improvised

An under-vehicle improvised explosive device was found attached to the serving officer's vehicle at an address at Glenrandel.

The target's wife, also a serving PSNI officer, woke in the middle of the night and looked out to see a man planting the device, a previous court hearing was told.

The would-be bomber fled after the woman hammered on the bedroom window. The bomb was made safe.

Three men, including Farrell and Maguire, were detained by gardai just across the Border in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, at about 4am on June, 18, 2015.

They were travelling in a stolen car that had false number plates and a number of items were seized from the vehicle.

The three were released without charge after their clothing was taken for forensic examination.

Both Farrell and Maguire are well-known to gardai. Maguire was jailed for five years in May 2007 for setting two gardai alight by throwing petrol bombs during riots at the Love Ulster parade in February 2006.

Maguire admitted making five petrol bombs, but said he had thrown only three.

In a separate case, Farrell was jailed for five years for IRA membership in December 2012, but his conviction was quashed in April 2014.

His appeal was supported by Independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace, who were both in court for the verdict.

Farrell was previously arrested but released without charge by gardai investigating the gun murder of Seamus 'Shavo' Hogan, who it is believed was murdered by the IRA in Crumlin in July 2001.

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