Two men charged with IRA membership and arms offences
Two Cork men appeared before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court last night charged with membership of the IRA and firearms offences.
Brian Walsh (43) and Anthony Carroll (30) were arrested on Saturday afternoon in the Dean Rock area of Togher by detectives from Togher Garda station as part of an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.
Walsh, with an address at Connolly Road, Ballyphehane, and Carroll, of Curraheen Close, Bishopstown, were both charged before the non-jury court with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA, on February 23rd, 2013.
The pair were charged with the unlawful possession arms and ammunition, including a Walther PI 9mm calibre semi-automatic pistol and a Smith Wesson .22mm Magnum revolver, at Deanrock Avenue, Togher, on the same date.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Flannan Brennan, remanded both men in custody with liberty to apply for bail to appear in front of the court on March 5th.