BBC report from Newry Crown Court where Patrick Madden represents Orla O’Hanlon.

A 19-year-old woman and her 20-year-old boyfriend have appeared in court accused of running a bomb factory for dissident republican terrorists.

Orla O’Hanlon, of Forkhill, County Armagh, and Keith McConnan, of Forkhill, appeared at Newry Crown Court.

She pleaded not guilty to making fertiliser-based explosives and possessing bomb parts and ammunition.

Mr McConnan faces the same charges but his arraignment has been delayed.

The charges arise from a police search of property in December 2013.

The bomb parts they are accused of possessing include a mobile phone-operated switch unit.

Previous hearings have seen a heavy security presence, but Tuesday’s brief hearing was low-key, with no uniformed police officer in court.

Ms O’Hanlon was released on continuing bail.

Mr McConnan could not be arraigned due to a mix-up that meant his lawyer was not in court for the hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court in Belfast on Thursday.

BBC News