Man awaiting trial over alleged dissident republican activity has bail condition relaxed to attend 80s disco in west Belfast

A Belfast man who has been on bail for over five years today had one of his conditions changed so he can attend a disco this month.

Arl Reilly (46) has been charged with terrorism offenses since 2014 and is awaiting trial.

The charges include directing the activities of a terrorist organization – namely the Irish Republican Army – and belonging to the same banned organization on dates between January 2014 and October 2015.

Reilly, of Pollard Close on the west side of the city, was arrested after an undercover security operation at the Carrickdale Hotel in Co Louth.

A request has been made on Reilly’s behalf to have one of his bail conditions amended to allow him to visit an 1980s disco in West Belfast.

Defense attorney Michael Forde asked for his client’s curfew at Belfast Crown Court to be changed. He said that while it was accepted that the charges were serious, it was also true that the defendant had been out on bail for over five years.

Mr Forde pointed out to Judge Fiona Bagnall that Reilly’s bail had been changed in the past to allow him to travel to Spain and Manchester and asked for his curfew to be extended to 2am.

He added that this would allow Reilly to attend the Falls Park disco on August 13, which ends at midnight, and then return home.

A Crown Counsel told the judge “there is a fundamental objection and there have been these motions all along”.

They said the objection to the request stemmed from a lack of knowledge about who Reilly attended the disco with and who he might meet at the event. The prosecutor requested that this information should be made available to the PSNI if the change were upheld.

Judge Bagnall said she was ready to ease the curfew but set the time at 1am instead of the proposed 2am and said there was “no reason” why Reilly couldn’t come home within an hour of the disco ending could.

She also ordered that information about who Reilly will be with should be “transmitted to the police” 48 hours before the disco. Man awaiting trial over alleged dissident republican activity has bail condition relaxed to attend 80s disco in west Belfast

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