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Gerry Adams' cousin Kevin Hannaway in Dublin court on terrorism charge

By Brian Kavanagh

Published 11/08/2015

Kevin Hannaway (67) was one of three Belfast men and a Dubliner arrested on Saturday afternoon as part of an operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Dublin area
Kevin Hannaway (67) was one of three Belfast men and a Dubliner arrested on Saturday afternoon as part of an operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Dublin area

A cousin of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been charged with helping a republican terror group in the Republic.

Kevin Hannaway (67) was one of three Belfast men and a Dubliner arrested on Saturday afternoon as part of an operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Dublin area.

Hannaway is one of 11 surviving 'hooded men' detained by the security forces during the Troubles now seeking to overturn a controversial 1978 judgment by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). It had described their treatment as "inhuman and degrading" but not torture. One of the barristers representing them is Amal Clooney, wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney.

Hannaway, of Colin Mill, Belfast, was yesterday charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin with assisting the IRA.

The charge states that he knowingly rendered assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, whether directly or indirectly in the performance or furtherance of an illegal object on August 7 and 8, 2015.

Hannaway is a founding member of the Provisional IRA, but is understood to have disagreed with Sinn Fein's strategy. His support for dissident republicanism is believed to have caused splits within both the Hannaway and Adams families. Adams' mother was Anne Hannaway, and her side of the family is steeped in republican tradition.

Hannaway's co-accused Edward O'Brien (41), of Hazelcroft Road, Finglas, Dublin, and Eva Shannon (59) of Oakman Street, Belfast, are charged with the same offence on the same date.

David Nooney (52) of Coultry Green, Ballymun, Dublin, and Sean Hannaway, of Linden Gardens, Belfast, are charged with IRA membership on August 8. A detective told State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan that he formally arrested Hannaway at Tower Road, Clondalkin, yesterday.

The officer said he explained to Hannaway, who appeared in court wearing a grey blazer and slacks, the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him, to which Hannaway replied: "I understand."

All five were remanded in custody to appear before the court again on August 17.

There were 14 'hooded men' who claimed they were tortured after being held without trial in 1971. They were hooded and thrown out of helicopters taking them to an interrogation centre, according to their case. Despite being at near-ground level, they had been told they were hundreds of feet in the air.

They said they were forced to listen to constant loud static noise, deprived of sleep, food and water, forced to stand in a stress position and beaten if they fell.

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