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Trio arrested in Kilcurry remanded in custody after appearance at Special Criminal Court

Three men appeared before the Special Criminal Court this morning charged with IRA membership.

Two of the three also face charges of possessing explosives after gardaí intercepted the transport of a suspected bomb over the border at Kilcurry on Sunday evening.

Gareth Mulley (44) with an address at Aisling Park in Dundalk and David Gallagher (37) from Marley Court in Drogheda are both accused of membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on the same date.

They’re also charged with the unlawful possession of explosives, including PETN, RDX and homemade explosives, following their arrest at Kilcurry Church at the weekend when they were found with an adapted 50kg beer keg.

William Burns (38), from Kerrera Street in Ardoyne in Belfast, is also accused of possessing explosives in the Kilcurry area on Sunday last.

Members of the Special Detective Unit this morning gave evidence to the non-jury court of the arrest and caution of the three men.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce told State Solicitor Mr Michael O’Donovan that he arrested Mr Mulley shortly after 7pm on Tuesday evening on Father Connolly Way in Drogheda, while Det Gda Kieran Hobbs said he arrested David Gallagher on the doorstep of Ashbourne Garda Station at the same time yesterday evening.

Detective Garda Padraig McManus told Mr O’Donovan that he arrested William Burns on Carrick Road in Dundalk yesterday evening.

He said that when he again met Mr Burns in the confines of the court this morning and explained the charge to him in ordinary language, the accused man replied: “I didn’t know it was explosives”.

There was no application for bail on behalf of any of the accused men, however legal aid was granted to Mr Mulley after an application by his Solicitor David Thompson.

All three were remanded in custody to appear again before the Special Criminal Court next Wednesday June 4th.

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