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RIRA gun running pair to be sentenced next week

Two men, including the alleged second in command of the Real IRA, will find out next week what price they must pay for trying to smuggle guns and explosives into Northern Ireland.

The pair were caught as part of a Secret Service sting operation, carried out by “role-playing” MI5 agents, against dissident republicans that was aimed at thwarting gun-running attempts.

In June, Paul Anthony John McCaugherty (44) from Beechcourt in Lurgan, Co Armagh, said to be the RIRA's second in command, was convicted of seven charges including IRA membership, conspiracy to possess guns and explosives, and using and arranging money for the purposes of terrorism.

His 42-year-old co-accused Dermot Declan Gregory, aka Michael Dermot Gregory, from Concession Road, Crossmaglen, Co Down, said to have been the money man, was convicted of making a restaurant available for the purposes of terrorism.

Mr Justice Hart said he wished to reflect upon what had been said and to consider all of the authorities. He said that he proposed to pass sentence next Friday.

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