Sunday 4 December 2016

Gardaí discover arms and explosives cache

Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30

Officers also seized component parts for mortars and several hundred rounds of assorted ammunition. Stock picture
Officers also seized component parts for mortars and several hundred rounds of assorted ammunition. Stock picture

GardaÍ have uncovered a significant guns and explosives arsenal after an intelligence-gathering operation that targetted dissident republicans.

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The cache was found in a shed and buried on land at Jenkinstown, outside Dundalk, Co Louth, yesterday after a detailed search.

The search was called off yesterday evening and will resume this morning. It could last several days. More than half a dozen guns were discovered in the hides, including a number of AK 47 assault rifles, revolvers and what appeared to be a machine gun.

Officers also seized component parts for mortars and several hundred rounds of assorted ammunition.

The search followed weeks of surveillance and intelligence- gathering on suspected members of the Real IRA.

The operation involved detectives from the Special Branch and other national units as well as uniformed personnel and members of the detective branch, based at Dundalk station.

Garda dog handlers also took part in the search.

Some of the cache was discovered in a shed, adjacent to an occupied house, at Jenkinstown, close to Gyles Quay.

Part of the terrorist arsenal was also found buried in hedges and on surrounding land.

The search area is also close to the Lordship Credit Union, where Det Garda Adrian Donohoe, who lived locally, was shot dead by a hold-up gang in January 2013.

An Army bomb disposal team was called in by gardaí to examine the finds yesterday and remains on standby. Anti-terrorist officers say that further discoveries may be made as the search is extended locally. No arrests have been made in connection with the finds.

Irish Independent

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