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Dissident suspect is granted £25k bail

By Alan Erwin

Published 30/10/2015

Crawford, of Carrickree Mews in Warrenpoint, is charged with membership of a proscribed organisation, Oglaigh na hEireann
Crawford, of Carrickree Mews in Warrenpoint, is charged with membership of a proscribed organisation, Oglaigh na hEireann

A man allegedly recorded in a covert operation against suspected dissident republican terrorists is to be released on £25,000 bail, a High Court judge has ruled.

Prosecutors claim 40-year-old Paul Crawford was at a meeting in a Co Louth hotel where a co-accused discussed attempted murders and bombings.

But despite their opposition, Mr Justice Horner granted bail after being told it could be another six months before any decision on whether he will stand trial.

Crawford, of Carrickree Mews in Warrenpoint, is charged with membership of a proscribed organisation, Oglaigh na hEireann. The alleged offence relates to dates between January 2014 and October 17 this year.

It was claimed that he was with co-accused Carl Reilly when Garda carried out a surveillance operation at the Carrickdale Hotel in Dundalk.

Reilly (39), from Pollard Close in Belfast, is accused of directing terrorism and belonging to the outlawed grouping.

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