Bail for Drumlish man

A Drumlish man charged with having an explosive device in his possession, hours before Queen Elizabeth was due to a arrive in Ireland, was yesterday granted bail at the Special Criminal Court.

A Drumlish man charged with having an explosive device in his possession, hours before Queen Elizabeth was due to a arrive in Ireland, was yesterday granted bail at the Special Criminal Court.

Sixty-year-old Donal Billings, of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish came before a sitting of the court in Dublin on Thursday charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised device at Longford Railway Station on May 16.

Mr Justice Butler, who was presiding alongside Judges John O’Hagan and Judge Cormac Dunne, said the court would grant bail on a €10,000 independent surety along with a series of strict conditions.

These include the stipulation that Mr Billings live at an address proposed by gardai and observe a curfew between 11pm and 7am.

Mr Billings was also ordered to sign on each day at an agreed Garda Station between 9am and 9pm, allow gardai to call to his address at any time and to surrender his passport. Mr Justice Butler further ruled that Mr Billings must not contact any prosection witness in the case and to ensure a mobile phone number given to gardai is the sole number used by him and is contactable at all times.

After the hearing, which was conducted in Irish through an interpreter, Mr Justice Butler remanded Mr Billings in custody with consent to bail to appear before the court on June 28.