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Friday 20 September 2019

Dubliner accused of being IRA member is granted bail by court

Shandon Park Golf Club
Shandon Park Golf Club

A Dublin man accused of IRA membership has been released on bail by the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Robert O'Leary (41) was arr- ested in Dublin last week by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of a cross-border investigation in connection with the discovery of a car bomb under a police officer's car in Belfast in June.

Mr O'Leary, of Clancy Road, Finglas, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself as the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Passport

At yesterday's bail hearing, Mark Lynam, for Mr O'Leary, told the three-judge court that both parties had agreed on bail terms.

Mr Lynam also told the court that an independent surety for Mr O'Leary was present in court and gardai were satisfied to accept that.

Mr O'Leary must sign on daily at Finglas Garda Station between 9am and 9pm, reside at Clancy Road, provide a mobile phone number to gardai, surrender his passport and travel documents and not apply for others.

It was also stated that he must not leave the jurisdiction, and this included not travelling to Northern Ireland, and that he must not associate with any members of the IRA or anybody charged or convicted with scheduled or non-scheduled offences before the Special Criminal Court and not contact directly or indirectly any proposed prosecution witnesses.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain, released Mr O'Leary on bail on his own bond of €100 and an independent surety of €10,000.

He was remanded on bail until October 21, when a book of evidence is expected to be served.

Meanwhile, counsel for Paul Casey, Jane Horgan-Jones, told the court she was not in a position to advance an application for bail on her client's behalf, but she hoped to be able to do so next Monday.

Mr Casey (49), of Ballymun, was also charged last week with membership of the IRA. He was remanded in custody until Monday.

On June 1, a bomb was found under the car of a police officer at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast, a short distance from the Police Service of Northern Ireland headquarters.

Dissident republican group the New IRA claimed responsibility at the time.

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