Jonesborough man to stand trial for IRA membership

December 15, 2014

A Jonesborough man is set to stand trial next year on charges of membership of the Provisional IRA and addressing meetings on behalf of the banned organisation.

During an arraignment hearing at Belfast Crown Court last Tuesday,  52 year old Sean Gerard Hughes, of Aghadavoyle Road, Jonesborough, denied the charges, which related to alleged incidents in 2005.

His co-accused, Padraic Wilson, 55, will be arraigned next week.

Mr Hughes denied two charges relating to addressing separate meetings in Clonard Monastery, West Belfast and Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne, with the purpose of encouraging support  “for a proscribed organisation, namely, the Irish Republican Army, or to further its activities.”

He also pleaded not guilty to a charge that on a date unknown between 1 February, 2005 and 7 March, 2005 he “professed to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely, the Irish Republican Army”.

He denied a fourth charge of belonging to a proscribed organisation between 1 January, 2005 and 31 March, 2005.

Mr Hughes co-accused, Padraic Wilson of Andersonstown, west Belfast, will be arraigned next week. He faces two charges of addressing meetings for the purpose of support for the IRA and two of belonging to, and professing to be a member of the IRA.