Murphy challenges validity of Special Criminal Court order

Thomas Murphy finally appeared at the Special Criminal Court today following last week’s Dundalk District Court decision. The “good” republican who, according to Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams, “is not a criminal” – although he has been named previously as both the UK’s richest smuggler and a former Provisional IRA Chief of Staff – wasn’t there for long as his counsel Michael O’Higgins began by challenging the validity of the order from Dundalk District Court sending him for trial to the Special Criminal Court. From the RTÉ report

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said that the court would have to set aside time to deal with the issue and he remanded Mr Murphy on continuing bail pending the fixing of a date for the hearing of the issue.