Northern Ireland

Belfast court: Provisional IRA membership denied

Padraic Wilson
Image caption Padraic Wilson was leader of the IRA in the Maze Prison in the late 1990s

Four people charged with membership of the IRA and other offences have pleaded not guilty at Belfast Crown Court.

A fifth, Padraic Wilson, who was IRA leader in the Maze prison in the late 1990s, denies other offences.

The accused include Seamus Finucane, brother of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Padraic Wilson and Seamus Finucane face charges of arranging, addressing or assisting in the management of an IRA meeting between 1999 and early 2000.

Another man, Martin Edward Morris, with an address in London, denied membership of the IRA.

Two Belfast women, Agnes McCrory from Dermot Hill Road, and Briege Wright from Glassmullin Gardens, also denied membership of the IRA, and arranging, addressing or assisting in the management of an IRA meeting.