11 June 2005

Irish Independent

Hidden gun spurs charge of IRA membership

A MAN arrested when gardai found a handgun hidden in a van on Tuesday was charged with membership of an illegal organisation at the Special Criminal Court yesterday.

Vincent Kelly (20), Empress Place, Ballybough, Dublin, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, on June 7.

Garda Brendan O'Sullivan, Clontarf, gave evidence of stopping an Opel Astra van at 10.30pm on Tuesday night. He said he arrested Kelly under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Garda O'Sullivan said Kelly was taken to Clontarf Garda Station. A firearm was found in the rear of the vehicle in a search. He released Kelly from arrest under the Misuse of Drugs Act and arrested him under the Offences Against the State act for the unlawful possession of a firearm. Garda O'Sullivan said Kelly made no reply after caution.

The court remanded Kelly in custody until Monday. A second man arrested with Kelly has been released and a file will be sent to the DPP.

Diarmaid Mac Dermott

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