Men returned for trial on Easter commemoration charge

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Two men are to stand trial at Belfast Crown Court charged in connection with a dissident republican Easter commemoration.

Ciaran Anthony Boyle, (29), of The Meadows and 52-year-old Anthony Michael Lancaster, of Circular Road, appeared at Derry Magistrates Court yesterday.

They are jointly charged with assisting in arranging a meeting addressed by a person who belonged or professed to belong to the IRA.

The charge relates to the annual Easter commemoration on April 9, 2012.

Defence solicitors for the men accepted there is a case for their clients to answer.

District Judge Barney McElholm granted an application for two defence counsel as the case raises ‘substantial novel issues of law’.

Boyle and Lancaster were released on continuing bail to appear in court again at a later date.