Man held over Dublin hotel bomb find

Published Tuesday, 13 May 2014
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A 55 year-old man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin charged with IRA membership and possessing explosives found in the grounds of a hotel over the weekend.

Man held over Dublin hotel bomb find
The bomb was found in the grounds of the Dublin hotel. (© UTV)

Samuel Devlin, who gave his address as the golf suite of the Finnstown County House Hotel in Lucan, is accused of IRA membership and possession of the explosive PETN.

The material was found in the west Dublin hotel's car park on Sunday morning.

The viable device, which had been packed into a milk churn with a timer attached, was discovered in a car with a Northern Ireland registration plate.

Gardaí evacuated the hotel while the army bomb squad made it safe.

Security sources have told UTV they believed the bomb was destined for a target in Northern Ireland.

Devlin, who is originally from Northern Ireland, was arrested early on Sunday morning.

On Tuesday, the court heard that he refused to give gardaí his actual address and replied not guilty to both charges when they were put to him.

The court heard that he is not working and was granted legal aid.

He was remanded in custody to appear again in three weeks.

© UTV News
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