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Man on bail pending trial over allegedly assisting IRA granted permission to go to UK football match

The man will continue signing on at his local police station when he returns.

Image: Shutterstock/Daniel Padavona

BELFAST MAN SEAN Hannaway has been granted an application at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to attend an NFL match in the UK this weekend.

Hannaway was granted bail by the three-judge, non-jury court in August, pending his trial for IRA membership.

Hannaway (47), of Linden Gardens, Belfast is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely an organisation styling itself on the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on August 8 2015.

Hannaway was not present in court today.

The court heard that he was seeking permission to travel to the UK for a football match.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, asked, “Association or rugby?”

“No, in fact it’s American football,” his solicitor said.

The DPP did not object to the application.

Hannaway will continue signing on at his local police station when he returns, the court heard.

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