08 March 2006

Continuity IRA suspects granted bail


08/03/2006 - 12:23:47

Three Wexford men charged with membership of an illegal organisation following a Garda Special Branch investigation into the activities of the Continuity IRA have now been granted bail and are due to return to court on April 4 when a book of evidence may be served.

Jackie Bates (aged 55), of Jacketstown House, Jacketstown, Drinagh, Billy Phillips (aged 45), of Harbour View, Maudlintown and Robert Kearns (aged 31), of Redshire Road, Murrintown all Co Wexford were charged last Friday with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann , otherwise the IRA on March 1.

All three were also charged with the unlawful possession of 160 rounds of ammunition on the same date.

Mr Bates was also charged with possession of a firearm without a firearms certificate at Jacketstown House Co Wexford on March 1 and Mr Kearns was also charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised explosive device at Mooretown, Co Wexford the same date.

All three have now been granted bail at the Special Criminal Court on condition they sign on daily at Wexford Garda Station, continue to reside at their given address and surrender any travel documents.

A cash lodgement of €20,000 was given to the court in relation to Mr Bates and Mr Kearns whilst a cheque for €10,000 was submitted in the case of Mr Phillips.

They must also undertake to be of good behaviour and not to associate with anyone convicted of a scheduled offence or their co-accused.

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