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Two men charged over bomb plot raid

Two men were remanded in custody in the Republic yesterday over a dissident republican bomb plot.

Conan Murphy (23) and Philip Barney McKevitt (56), from Dundalk, Co Louth, were charged with unlawful possession of explosives after a raid on a suspected bomb factory last Saturday.

The Special Criminal Court heard Murphy, of Plaster in the Mount Pleasant area of the town, replied “I am innocent” when initially informed of the charge.

He is the son of Colm Murphy, who was found guilty but later acquitted on appeal of conspiracy to cause the 1998 Omagh bombing.

At an earlier hearing the court was told McKevitt was arrested at his house in Athaboys, about five miles from the border with Northern Ireland.

He was charged with possession of explosives.

McKevitt had a bandage on the left side of his head. His lawyer Imelda Kelly told the court that McKevitt had suffered injuries to his head and body and needed medical attention.

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Both men were remanded in custody to appear before the Special Criminal Court on June 8.

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