01 June 2006

Alleged IRA trio due in court on June 27 to face criminal charges

Wexford People

A Book of Evidence is expected to be served on June 27 in the case of three Wexford men charged with membership of an illegal organisation, following a Garda Special Branch investigation into the activities of the Continuity IRA.

Jackie Bates (55), of Jacketstown House, Jacketstown, Drinagh, Billy Phillips (45), of Harbour View, Maudlintown and Robert Kearns (31), of Redshire Road, Murrintown, were charged on March 3 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.

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

All three were remanded on continuing bail at the Special Criminal Court on Tuesday to appear again next month.

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