Garda station 'spy' due before special Dublin court

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Image caption Two men were arrested by Gardai near the Harcourt Square Garda Station in Dublin.

A man is due before a sitting of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin charged in connection with a dissident republican investigation.

The 41-year-old was one of two men arrested after Gardai on Wednesday uncovered an alleged dissident spying operation near Harcourt Square Garda Station in Dublin.

Harcourt Square is the Dublin Metropolitan Region Headquarters and houses several specialist units including the Special Detective Unit which investigates dissident activity.

Gardai (Irish police) became aware of suspicious activity near the station when a suspect known to them was observed at the nearby Harcourt Hotel.

He was found to have booked a room, directly facing the station, under a false name.

Detectives searched the room and found surveillance equipment, including a digital camera.

The men were arrested on Grafton Street on Wednesday evening.

The second suspect, a 32-year-old man was released without charge last night.

Gardai have described the operation as a 'worrying and sinister' development.

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