07 April 2005


IRA suspect granted bail

07/04/2005 - 14:25:50

A Kildare man who was arrested as part of a Garda Special Branch investigation into the activities of dissident republicans was granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Art Sherwin (aged 54), an electrician and father of ten, of Ballinagappa Road, Clane, Co Kildare, was charged last month with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself as the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA.

Today, Detective Inspector Liam Hogan, Special Detective Unit, opposed bail and said that he believed that Sherwin would continue to commit serious offences if released on bail.

The Detective Inspector said that he believed that Sherwin would continue to be a member of an unlawful organisation if given bail.

He said the illegal organisation is the Real IRA which is not on ceasefire and which has been responsible for numerous atrocities.

He agreed with Sherwin’s counsel Ms Anne Rowland BL that Sherwin had spent seven days in Tallaght Hospital after he was taken ill while in garda custody and was found to be suffering from untreated high blood pressure.

Mr Justice Richard Johnson, presiding, said the court considered that it was appropriate the bail should be granted.

The court fixed bail in Sherwin’s own bond of €1,000 and an independent bond of €20,000, ordered him to sign on twice daily at Naas garda station and ordered him not to apply for a passport or leave the jurisdiction.

The court also ordered that he should not associate with his two co accused, Robert Humphreys and Gareth Kelly, or with anyone convicted of a scheduled offence.

Sherwin was remanded with consent to bail until June 21.

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