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Longford man found guilty of possessing explosives and making bomb threats

Claire McGovern

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Claire McGovern

 Longford man found guilty of possessing explosives and making bomb threats

A Longford man has been convicted of possessing an explosive substance and making bomb threats during the state visit of the UK Queen five years ago.

Donal Billings (66) of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, County Longford was found guilty today (Wed) by three judges at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of the unlawful possession of an explosive substance at Longford railway station car park on May 16th, 2011.

He was further found guilty of four offences under the Criminal Law Act of 1976 of knowingly making false reports tending to show that an offence had been committed.

Billings was found guilty  of making a false report within the State on May 16th, 2011, that bombs had been placed at Busáras in Dublin and at Sinn Féin's headquarters.

He was also convicted of making a false report on May 18th that two mortars were set for Dublin Castle, and with making a false report on May 20th that two bombs had been placed in the toilets at Cork airport.

Billings had denied the five charges.

He was remanded in custody until November 30th, when he will be sentenced.