Northern Ireland

Dee Fennell: Prominent dissident republican activist to stand trial

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Image caption Mr Fennell was remanded on continuing bail

A prominent dissident republican activist is to stand trial accused of encouraging support for the IRA.

Damien "Dee" Fennell, 33, was formally charged at Craigavon Magistrates' Court with addressing a meeting "and the purpose of the said address was to encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely the Irish Republican Army", on 5 April last year.

Mr Fennell, from Torrens Avenue in north Belfast faces two further charges.

Those are that he further encouraged and invited support for a proscribed organisation.

The charge relates to a speech he gave during a 1916 commemoration event at St Colman's graveyard in Lurgan, County Armagh on Easter Sunday.

Mr Fennell was released on continuing bail.

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