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

A 19-year-old woman, jointly accused with her boyfriend of running a “bomb factory” for dissident republicans, has denied eight offences relating to explosives and ammunition.

Appearing at Newry Crown Court on Tuesday, Orla O’Hanlon entered not guilty pleas to various charges accusing her of making explosives and possessing explosive substances and ammunition with intent to endanger life and under suspicious circumstances.

Alongside her in the dock was her boyfriend, 20-year-old Keith McConnan, who faces the same charges and who was also scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday but his was adjourned to Thursday.

The charges arise after police searched their former home address in Forkhill, Co Armagh.

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

Following her denials on Tuesday, O’Hanlon was released on continuing bail while McConnan was remanded back into custody.

He was unable to be arraigned due to a mix up with his legal team, who did not attend.

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