20/12/2001

Eight men due to appear in Dublin High Court

Eight men arrested by Gardai investigating dissident republican activity in the Ireland were due to appear before the anti-terrorist Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Thursday, December 20.

The men were detained when police raided a meeting in Limerick city on Monday.

A man and woman detained in a separate raid were later released without charge after questioning.

Hardline Republican Sinn Féin confirmed that several of the men detained were members of their political organisation and were engaged in “legitimate political activity”.

It is understood that a recruitment meeting was in progress when the police raid took place. A number of documents were also seized.

Irish police have extended the period of detention for the men, but neither their names nor the charges they were facing have been released prior to the court appearance. (SP)

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