Man in court on firearm charges
A 27-YEAR-OLD Enniscorthy man was brought before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin on firearms charges on Saturday morning by Gardaí investigating dissident Republican activity. Joseph O'Brien of Cherry Orchard Heights appeared before the court after he was arrested in New Ross on Thursday.
O'Brien stood charged with possession of a Smith & Weston Magnum revolver and 220 rounds of ammunition at the Promenade in Enniscorthy. The judge was informed that the accused made no reply when the charge was put to him. The man from Enniscorthy was one of four defendants dealt with during Saturday's sitting on arms or explosive charges and all four are due to appear once more on Thursday.
O'Brien was remanded in custody without bail for five days after the court was told that he made no reply when charges were put to him. He was brought to the court in Dublin after he was questioned at the Garda barracks in New Ross following his arrest in the town at Marsh Meadow.
The court appearances followed a series of search and arrest operations carried out by Gardaí in counties Wexford, Waterford, Clare and Longford on Thursday. Cherryorchard Heights, where Joseph O'Brien resides, was among the places visited by officers. The operation was led by Gardaí from the Special Detective Unit. Nine men were arrested, five of whom were released without charge.