Garda taping: Special Criminal Court to be told today whether IRA trial can go ahead

The Special Criminal Court is due to be informed today whether Gardaí recorded the phone calls of two men charged with membership of the IRA.

The cases of Limerick men Thomas McMahon of Ros Fearna, Murroe and his co-accused Noel Noonan with a hostel address at Clare Street are the first affected by recent revelations.

The two Limerick men were due to stand trial for IRA membership at the Special Criminal Court yesterday morning.

The case did not begin in light of recent revelations about the taping of phone calls at Garda stations.

The court heard Thomas McMahon and Noel Noonan consulted with their solicitors over the phone prior to being interviewed by gardaí.

The defence want the prosecution to disclose whether the phone conversations were conducted in private, or were taped.

None of the gardaí in court could address the prosecution's concerns so Mr Justice Paul Butler adjourned the case until today to allow inquiries to be made as to whether the defendants' calls were recorded.

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