Northern Ireland

Mairead Farrell brother admits Newry bomb getaway charge

The bomb exploded outside Newry courthouse in February last year
Image caption The bomb exploded outside Newry courthouse in February last year

A brother of an IRA woman shot by the SAS, has admitted providing the getaway car for dissident republicans who bombed Newry courthouse last year.

Ciaran Anthony Farrell, 51, of Killeaton Park in Dunmurry pleaded guilty to providing the car for a terrorist purpose.

No-one was killed or injured when a bomb exploded outside the courthouse in February last year.

Farrell had originally been charged with causing the explosion.

Officers were evacuating the area when the bomb went off in New Street at about 2200 GMT.

The explosion damaged the gates of the courthouse.

Farrell is a brother of Mairead Farrell, one of three IRA members shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988.

Defence QC Eugene Grant said the father-of-two, "by virtue of being the brother of Mairead Farrell" had been under a "degree of pressure" to do some things for "people associated with his sister and the republican movement".

Adjourning passing sentence until Tuesday, the Recorder of Belfast Judge Tom Burgess said he wanted to reflect fully on the submissions made.

Farrell was released on bail ahead of the sentencing.

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