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02 Oct 2022

Drumlish man found guilty of possessing explosive device at Longford railway station and making bomb threats during Queen’s visit

Drumlish man found guilty of possessing explosive device at Longford railway station and making bomb threats during Queen’s visit

The Criminal Courts of Justice.

A Longford man has been convicted of possessing an explosive substance and making bomb threats during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II five years ago.

Donal Billings (66) of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, County Longford was found guilty today (Wednesday) by three judges at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of the unlawful possession of an explosive substance at Longford railway station car park on May 16, 2011.

He was further found guilty of four offences under the Criminal Law Act of 1976 of knowingly making false reports tending to show that an offence had been committed.

Mr Billings was found guilty of making a false report within the State on May 16, 2011, that bombs had been placed at Busáras in Dublin and at Sinn Féin's headquarters.

He was also convicted of making a false report on May 18 that two mortars 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 had denied the five charges.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said he and his fellow judges on the non-jury Special Criminal Court were satisfied that Mr Billings made the hoax calls and had the improvised device at Longford railway station.

He was remanded in custody until November 30, when he will be sentenced.

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