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Gerry Adams' cousin Kevin Hannaway is granted bail pending IRA trial

By Ruaidhri Giblin

Published 18/08/2015

Accused: Kevin Hannaway
Accused: Kevin Hannaway

A cousin of Gerry Adams who is one of a group known as the "Hooded Men" has been granted bail by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin pending his trial for allegedly assisting the IRA.

The men were detained and subjected to controversial interrogation techniques during the Troubles.

Kevin Hannaway (67) and four co-accused were arrested on August 8 as part of a Garda operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Dublin area.

He is one of several men seeking revision of a controversial 1978 judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which said their treatment was "inhuman and degrading" but was not torture.

Hannaway, of Colin Mill in Belfast, was charged last Monday with knowingly rendering assistance to an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, whether directly or indirectly in the performance or furtherance of an illegal object on August 7 and 8, 2015.

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

David Nooney (52), of Ballymun, Dublin, and Sean Hannaway (47), of Linden Gardens in Belfast, are each charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the Republic, namely an organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on August 8, 2015.

Detective Garda Connor Morgan told state solicitor Mr Michael O'Donovan that he formally arrested Kevin Hannaway at Tower Road, Clondalkin, Dublin at 2.50pm on Monday, August 10.

Det Gda Morgan said that he explained to the accused man the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him, to which Hannaway replied: "I understand."

Kevin Hannaway, along with his co-accused, were each granted bail yesterday on a number of conditions.

All five accused were required to enter into their own bonds of €100 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, to reside at given addressess, observe daily curfews and provide the numbers of the only mobile phones to be used by them while on bail to gardai and to keep those devices switched on at all times.

They were also required to undertake not to associate with any persons charged or convicted with a scheduled offence or co-accused save for in the presence of their legal teams and not to contact any proposed prosecution witnesses.

Each accused was required to sign on daily at their local police stations while Kevin Hannaway was required to sign on three times per week.

"Somewhat unusually", according to Justice Deirdre Murphy, Eva Shannon was required to sign on daily at the PSNI's Grosvenor Road Police Station, Belfast, while Sean Hannaway was required to sign on daily at Antrim Road Police Station, Belfast.

Independent sureties of €15,000 for Mr O'Brien and €10,500 for Mr Nooney were present in court.

The State sought freezing orders in r espect of certain bank accounts so that monies would not be reduced below those amounts.

Cash lodgments of €20,000 each were provided or will be provided for Kevin Hannaway, Sean Hannaway and Eva Shannon. Freezing orders cannot be sought in respect of accounts in Northern Ireland, the court heard.

Justice Murphy, presiding alongside Judge Martin Nolan and Judge William Hamill, admitted all five accused to bail on the terms set out until November 3 when a book of evidence is expected to be served.

None of the accused stood up when the three judges of the non-jury court rose to leave their seats.

A number of the surviving "hooded men" were present in the court's public section for yesterday's bail application.

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