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Explosives accused has his bail altered so he can go on family holiday to Donegal

The application to relax Reynolds' bail conditions was opposed by the Crown, with a prosecutor saying police objected to
The application to relax Reynolds' bail conditions was opposed by the Crown, with a prosecutor saying police objected to "the entire trip" (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

A 25-year-old man charged with terrorist offences linked to the discovery of explosives in Lurgan had his bail conditions altered yesterday to accommodate a trip to Donegal.

Shea Reynolds applied to have the conditions relaxed to attend a family holiday.

Reynolds' solicitor Gavin Booth also asked for his client's tag to be removed.

Reynolds, of Commons Hall Road in Newry, is facing charges including possessing articles for use in terrorism and the preparation of terrorist acts, namely targeting a former police officer.

He was one of a number of men arrested in Lurgan in September 2016 and charged with being part of a terrorist plot following the discovery of a bomb.

Belfast Crown Court heard Reynolds, his fiancee and their two children wished to stay at a caravan park in Donegal with her family from yesterday until July 29.

The application to relax Reynolds' bail conditions was opposed by the Crown, with a prosecutor saying police objected to "the entire trip".

The prosecutor said the Crown had received information regarding the application which was conflicting - such as the number of the caravans on the site, the number of people staying in the caravan and the length of the holiday.

He also pointed out one of Reynolds' co-accused is Damien Duffy, who he is banned from having contact with, and who has also applied to have his bail relaxed to allow him to go to the same area of Donegal tomorrow.

Mr Booth addressed the caravan issue and said eight people, including Reynolds' two young children, would be staying. He said Reynolds was not aware Damien Duffy had applied to travel to Donegal this weekend, adding his client had "no desire" to contact him.

Judge RoseAnn McCormick noted that since being granted bail, Reynolds had honoured his conditions "without incident" and agreed to vary the conditions to allow him to take a "short break".

The judge agreed to remove the tag until next Monday, but ordered that he return to this jurisdiction by 6pm on July 29.

Judge McCormick also ordered that Reynolds have no contact with Duffy, and said he must sign at a local garda station each evening.

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