Thirty-year-old Cork man Anthony Carroll, who was charged with IRA membership and firearms offences in February, has had his bail conditions varied so he can attend the All-Ireland hurling final.

According to the Irish Independent, Carroll was arrested with another man in Togher in Cork in February as part of an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.

Carroll and his co-accused were then charged before the non-jury Irish Special Criminal Court with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself as the Irish Republican Army on February 23, 2013.

They were also reportedly charged with the unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol, a revolver and ammunition on the same date.

The court fixed their bail in March of an independent surety of $26,000 for each man, and their own bond of $130.00.

Meanwhile they sign on daily at a local police station, having surrendered their passports, and they must obey a curfew between midnight and 7 AM, including an agreement not to associate with anyone charged or convicted before the Irish Special Criminal Court.

Carroll reportedly returned to the three-judge court in Dublin on Thursday to apply to vary his bail conditions.

His barrister Niamh O Donnabhain told the court that Carroll wished to travel to the All-Ireland hurling final in Dublin on Sunday and was requesting that his curfew be lifted on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The State consented to the variation. Justice Iseult O’Malley presiding with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Ann Ryan made the variation. It was reportedly the first time for both Justice O’Malley of the High Court and District Court Judge Ryan to sit in the Special Criminal Court.


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