Drumlish man sent for trial

A date has been set for the trial of a Drumlish man charged with having an explosive device in his possession – the day before the visit of Queen Elizabeth II last year.

A date has been set for the trial of a Drumlish man charged with having an explosive device in his possession – the day before the visit of Queen Elizabeth II last year.

60-year-old Donal Billings, who is living at St Bridget’s Court in Drumlish, is charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised explosive device at Longford railway station car park on May 16.

He is also charged with the unlawful possession of a CZ model semi-automatic pistol and 52 rounds of ammunition at Drumlish on May 20, 2011.

The Special Criminal Court will trial Billings for a range of offences on December 5 2012. Mr Billings was also charged with making false reports at Longford Garda Station, telling the gardai that bombs had been placed at Busaras in Dublin and at Sinn Fein HQ.

He was also charged with making a false report at Longford Garda Station on May 18 that two bombs were set for Dublin Castle, and with making a false report on May 20 that two bombs had been placed in the toilets at Cork airport.

Mr Billings was remanded on continuing bail until December 5, 2012 for trial.