Five granted bail over IRA charges
Two west Belfast women were among four past suspected PIRA members to appear before the city's Crown Court for arraignment on a number of charges including membership, intimidation and organising, arranging, or speaking at a terrorist meeting.
Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland said a trial date had been fixed for early in the New Year, but felt it would be too optimistic to expect it to be met.
The charges allegedly concern several meetings held by the Provisionals in the late '90s, and 2000.
Facing the most charges was Briege Wright (56), from Glassmullin Gardens. She pleaded not guilty to charges, including being, or professing to being, a member of the Provisional IRA.
Agnes McCrory (63), from Dermott Hill Road, and James Gerard Seamus Finucane (56), of Hawthorn Hill, Hannahstown, denied five similar charges, namely PIRA membership and arranging or assisting in meeting between the same dates.
Martin Edward Morris (49), with an address in Wellback Road, London, has denied a single charge of membership of the Provisional IRA.
Padraic Conner Wilson (54), whose address was given as c/o Falls Road Sinn Fein Advice Centre, pleaded not guilty to charges of arranging or assisting two alleged PIRA meetings.
All five were freed on continuing bail.