GARDAI FOILED REAL IRA ASSAULT COURT HEARS.
A GANG of dissident republicans were preparing to carry out a punishment attack when Gardai raided the house they were using, a court heard yesterday.
Detective Superintendent Michael Hoare told Dublin's Special Criminal Court he believed the six men, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a pistol and hammers, were members of the Real IRA.
The court refused to grant bail to the six men and said it accepted the Det Hoare's belief the men would commit further serious crime if given bail.
The men were arrested at a house in Nicholas Street, Dundalk, on January 5.
Dalton McKevitt, 26, Niall Farrell, 25, Tony O'Hare, 40, Vincent McKevitt, 44, Alan Browne, 35, and Eoin Quigley, 29, all of Dundalk, are charged with being members of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army.
Det Hoare said officers also found a 9mm pistol, ammunition, balaclavas, walkie-talkie radios and a police scanner.
Det Jeremiah Twomey told the court he ordered one of the accused, O'Hare, to lie on the ground after he entered the house.
He claimed O'Hare was found with a sawn-off shotgun by his side, cartridges in his pocket, as well as a balaclava.
The court heard O'Hare later said he was going to give people a lesson for being involved in housebreaking in the area.
All six men were remanded in custody until March 19.