Court frees Dublin councillor’s grandson on bail in IRA membership trial

A grandson of Independent Dublin city councillor and former Sinn Féin member Christy Burke who is charged with IRA membership and firearms offences was freed on bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Ciaran Burke (aged 20) of Ferrycarrig Park, Coolock, Dublin was charged on Wednesday with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 2, 2012.

He was also charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm parabellum Glock semi-automatic pistol and thirteen rounds of 9mm parabellum ammunition at the N32, Coolock, Dublin 13 on the same date.

Today the court freed Burke on bail on his own bond of €100 and an independent surety of €20,000.

He was ordered to sign on daily at Coolock Garda Station, to observe a curfew between 11pm and 7am daily, to surrender his passport and not to associate with anyone convicted of or charged with a scheduled offence.

Prosecution solicitor Ms Helen Kealy said there was no objection to bail.

The court remanded Burke on bail until October 26 next when the case will be mentioned again.

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