Mairead Farrell brother sentenced over Newry bomb getaway
A man has been given a suspended prison sentence for providing the getaway car for dissident republicans who bombed Newry courthouse last year.
Earlier this month, Ciaran Anthony Farrell, 51, of Killeaton Park in Dunmurry, pleaded guilty to providing the car for a terrorist purpose.
He is a brother of IRA woman Mairead Farrell, who was shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988.
Farrell was given an 18-month sentence suspended for three years.
The court heard there was no evidence that Farrell was involved in the bombing or that when he handed over the car he knew it was going to be used for the attack.
It was told he had been approached by a dissident republican terrorist and asked to hand over a car and that failure to do so would have serious consequences for him and his family.
No-one was killed or injured when a bomb exploded outside the courthouse in February 2010.
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 had originally been charged with causing the explosion.