Longford man appears at Special Criminal Court on charges of making false reports

A man who called Longford garda station during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth five years ago threatened two mortars were set at Dublin Castle and that he was a member of the “Republican Brotherhood, Squad A”. Donal Billings of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, County Longford is charged before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin…

Criminal-CourtsA man who called Longford garda station during the state visit of Queen Elizabeth five years ago threatened two mortars were set at Dublin Castle and that he was a member of the “Republican Brotherhood, Squad A”.

Donal Billings of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, County Longford is charged before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin with four offences of knowingly making false reports tending to show that an offence had been committed.

He is charged with the unlawful possession of an explosive substance at Longford railway station car park on May 16th, 2011.

 

Garda Thomas Egan told prosecuting counsel Garnett Orange SC that on May 18th, 2011, a man made a phone-call to Longford garda station.

The garda told the court that the man said, “I’m a member of the Republican Brotherhood, Squad A. Two mortars are set for Dublin Castle at 8pm.”

“This is for the Queen of blood and war of Iraq,” the man said, the court was told.

Previously, the court has heard evidence on the eve of the royal visit a phone-call was made to Longford garda station, threatening bombs on buses and the Sinn Fein headquarters.

Detective Inspector Pat Finlay gave evidence that on May 17th, 2011, he became aware of a specific phone number believed to be related to a call made the previous evening.

The detective said that another phone-call was made to the station on May 18th and the next day a particular individual came to the focus of the investigation.

This person was Donal Billings, he said,

Mr Billings has pleaded not  guilty to each of the five charges.

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