A 49-year-old businessman has gone on trial in the Special Criminal Court accused of plotting the Omagh bombing. It is alleged that Colm Murphy, from Belleeks, County Armagh, lent his aid to those who carried out the Omagh bombing in August 1998.

The Special Criminal Court was told that there should be no mention of the Omagh bomb when prosecution lawyers present their case against Mr Murphy.

Mr Murphy, with an address at Ravensdale, County Louth, is charged with conspiring in Dundalk with another person - not before the court - to cause an explosion in the State or elsewhere between 13 August and 16 August, 1998.

His defence lawyer said that, before any evidence in relation to Omagh was called in the case, the prosecution should establish a connection between the conspiracy they allege and the Omagh bomb.