Man accused of terrorism charges cleared to come to Donegal on holiday

Belfast Crown Court

North Belfast dissident republican Dee Fennell - who is currently awaiting trial on terrorist charges - has had his bail conditions changed to allow him to holiday in Donegal.

The 34-year old, from Torrens Avenue, made an application to Belfast Crown Court to amend his bail conditions this week.

Dee Fennell is due to stand trial later this year accused of encouraging acts of terrorism, inviting support for the IRA and addressing a meeting to encourage support for the IRA.

All three offences are dated April 5, 2015 and all fall under the Terrorism Act 2000.

He has denied all three charges.

During his application, Judge Gordon Kerr QC was told the Crown was opposed to the variation by a prosecution barrister who said that whilst awaiting trial on terrorist offences, Fennell "has been arrested, questioned and reported" on suspicion of murder and membership of a proscribed organisation.

Telling the court that his client "has not been charged with the murder", Fennell's solicitor Peter Corrigan asked for the bail variation to allow him to go to Donegal on holiday for a week.

Judge Kerr granted the variation and ordered that Fennell report to the Garda in Donegal twice this week, and also asked that both the house number and phone number of the cottage where Fennell is staying be provided to police.