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Two men in court on explosives charges


The pair were remanded into custody

The pair were remanded into custody

The pair were remanded into custody

Two Dublin men appearing at an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court last night have been charged with possession of 150kg of explosives.

John Brock (43) and John Roche (52) were arrested yesterday afternoon by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of ongoing investigations into dissident republican activity.

The men were also charged with IRA membership.

Mr Brock, with an address at Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, Dublin, and Mr Roche, with an address at Bridgefoot Street, Dublin, were both charged with possession of 57kg of homemade explosives, consisting of ammonium nitrate fuel mix, and 38 2.5kg rolls of Kemegel industrial explosives at Naas Rd, Dublin, on April 13.

Both men were also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on the same date.

Detective Garda Dermot Bolger, of the Special Detective Unit, told State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan that he arrested Mr Brock under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at 3.15pm yesterday on St Ronan's Avenue, Clondalkin.

He said he explained to Mr Brock the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him. Mr Brock made no reply, the court heard.

Detective Garda Deirdre Ryan, also of the Special Detective Unit, told the court that she arrested Mr Roche yesterday at Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Martin Nolan, remanded both Mr Brock and Mr Roche in custody until April 21 when bail applications are expected to be made.

Belfast Telegraph