A brother of an IRA woman shot by the SAS in Gibraltar has pleaded guilty to providing the getaway car for the dissident republicans who bombed Newry Courthouse last year.
Standing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court, Ciaran Farrell (53) pleaded guilty to providing a Renault Laguna for a terrorist purpose on February 22.
Prosecuting QC Gordon Kerr told the court that within half-an-hour of a Mazda 6 car being parked outside the courthouse, after two phone call warnings, the bomb exploded, but that CCTV footage led police to a Renault Laguna car which was seen driving away from the scene. Mechanic Farrell claimed that “at no time did he contemplate that the car would be used for any particular unlawful type of activity”.
He is a brother of Mairead Farrell, one of three IRA members shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988.
Adjourning passing sentence until Tuesday, the Recorder of Belfast Judge Tom Burgess said he wanted to reflect fully on the submissions made, but in releasing Farrell on bail warned him that did not “tie my hands as to the eventual disposal”.