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Brother of republican Colin Duffy bailed on terror charges

By Paul Higgins

An alleged ringleader in a dissident plot to kill a prison governor, officers and a police officer has been granted bail.

District Judge Mervyn Bates told 48-year-old Paul John Duffy – a brother of leading republican Colin Duffy – that before being released on his own bail of £5,000, he must first find an address which the police approve of.

The Craigavon Magistrates Court judge had earlier heard a prosecution barrister allege that Duffy, from Ailsbury Gardens in Lurgan, was "actively involved" in a conspiracy to kill members of the security forces, a prison governor, and to cause an explosion.

Along with his brother Damien Duffy (42) and their cousin Shane Duffy (41), the trio face charges relating to preparing acts of terrorism, conspiring to murder and conspiring with each other to cause an explosion. All the offences are alleged to have occurred between June 2011 and May 2012.

Paul Duffy faces a further charge that on dates between November 29, 2009, and May 14, 2013, he directed the activities of a dissident republican group.

Defence QC Mark Mulholland submitted that Damien Duffy was released on High Court bail last month. Granting bail, Judge Bates said the "groundwork had been laid" by the High Court in Damien Duffy's case and as he could find no "demonstrable differences" in the cases, he was granting bail to Paul Duffy.

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