Belfast Telegraph

Man taped discussing terror bids, court told

By Alan Erwin

Alleged dissident republicans were secretly recorded at a Co Louth hotel, discussing murder attempts and bombings, a court has heard.

Police revealed details of the covert surveillance as a man charged with directing terrorism was refused bail. Carl Reilly, of Pollard Close in Belfast, is also accused of membership of a proscribed organisation, namely Oglaigh na hEireann.

The 39-year-old, who appeared before magistrates in the city amid heavy security, was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity.

A co-accused, Paul Crawford (40), from Carrickree Mews, Warrenpoint, has also been charged with belonging to the outlawed organisation.

Reilly is alleged to have committed the offences on dates between January 2014 and October 17 this year. He smiled and acknowledged friends and supporters packed into the public gallery at Belfast Magistrates Court.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall heard the alleged meetings took place at the Carrickdale Hotel in Dundalk. A detective sergeant said CCTV footage shows two men entering the premises. One of them, alleged to be Reilly, is heard on the tapes talking about "losing men in Belfast" to Maghaberry Prison.

It was claimed that the conversation continued: "I have done more f****** attempted murders and more bombings."

Reilly's solicitor, Peter Corrigan, said it was not accepted that Reilly's voice is on the tapes.

He argued that the accused could be released on bail under tight conditions.

But denying the release application, Judge Bagnall held there was a risk of re-offending.

She remanded Reilly in custody, to appear again by video-link on November 17.

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