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GARDAI FOILED REAL IRA ASSAULT COURT HEARS.



Byline: JOE ROBERTS

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 Noun 1. Real IRA - a radical terrorist group that broke away in 1997 when the mainstream Provisional IRA proposed a cease-fire; has continued terrorist activities in opposition to any peace agreement .

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 Alan Browne (born 1973) is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with Cork and Blackrock in the 1990s and 2000s.

John Browne was born in Blackrock just outside Cork in 1973.
, 35, and Eoin Quigley, 29, all of Dundalk, are charged with being members of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army Irish Republican Army (IRA), nationalist organization devoted to the integration of Ireland as a complete and independent unit. Organized by Michael Collins from remnants of rebel units dispersed after the Easter Rebellion in 1916 (see Ireland), it was composed of .

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 Balaclava

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.

The court heard O'Hare later said he was going to give people a lesson for being involved in housebreaking The act of using physical force to gain access to, and entering, a house with an intent to commit a felony inside.

In most states, housebreaking that occurs at night constitutes the crime of Burglary.
 in the area.

All six men were remanded in custody until March 19.
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