McKevitt seeks to have conviction declared miscarriage of justice


A Co Louth man is seeking to have his conviction for organising terrorist activities for the Real IRA declared a miscarriage of justice.

Michael McKevitt (58), Beech Park, Blackrock, Co Louth, was convicted after a lengthy trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court in August 2003 of organising terrorist activities for the Real IRA. In 2008, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal.

Lawyers for McKevitt are now seeking to have the conviction set aside on the grounds that it involves a miscarriage of justice.

Yesterday, the appeal court, comprising Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, Mr Justice Michael Hanna and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, granted McKevitt legal aid to bring the application. A date for hearing will be fixed in December.