A 39-year-old man from Killygordon has appeared at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court this evening charged with possessing three assault rifles and membership of the dissident IRA.
Shane Rowan from Forest Park in Killygordon faced charges of having a a Zastava M70 rifle, a Chinese Type 56 rifle and a Romanian PM63 rifle.
He was also charged with having three magazines suitable for use in each rifle, at Tuiterath, Balrath, Slane, County Meath on Wednesday past.
He was also charged with possession of 75 rounds of assorted manufactured 7.62 by 39mm calibre ammunition at the same place on the same date.
The Donegal man was also charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, last Wednesday.
Special Detective Unit sergeant Padraig Boyce told the three-judge non-jury court that he arrested Rowan under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act in Drogheda today.
Rowan had made no reply, said DS Boyce.
Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding alongside Judge Martin Nolan and Judge William Hamill, remanded Mr Rowan in custody until March 16th, when his case is listed for mention again.
Barrister Peter Nolan, for Rowan, consented to the remand order.