Garda revelations halts trial of Limerick men

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin


THE trial of two Limerick men accused of membership of the IRA has been adjourned due to the garda taping revelations.

Thomas McMahon, aged 32, of Ros Fearna, Murroe and Noel Noonan, aged 35, of North Claughaun Road, Garryowen are both accused of being members of the IRA on February 7, 2013.

Both men were arrested near Cahir in County Tipperary on that date by gardai investigating the activities of dissident republicans.

At the non-jury Special Criminal Court this afternoon, lawyers representing both men sought confirmation as to whether telephone calls made by their clients from garda stations were recorded.

Isobel Kennedy SC, representing Mr McMahon, and Anthony Sammon SC, representing Mr Noonan, told the court that their clients had consulted with their solicitors by phone following their arrest.

Both were subsequently interviewed by gardai,

Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, said the members of the gardai who were in court “knew nothing about what had to come to light” and were completely unaware of the matter.

She said the prosecution was not in a position to confirm whether there were recordings in the case.

The case was adjourned to tomorrowy to allow the matter to be clarified.


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