Tuesday 27 September 2016

Suspected dissidents still being questioned after car carrying explosives stopped by armed gardai

Ken Foy and Martin Grant

Published 13/04/2016 | 22:10

Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road this evening. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road this evening. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road
Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road this evening. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road this evening. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road this evening. Picture: Arthur Carron

Two suspected dissidents have been arrested after gardaí found what is believed to be explosives in their car on a busy road last night.

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A garda spokesman has confirmed that gardai, attached to Crime and Security section and the Special Detective Unit, made the discovery as part of an intelligence led operation.

Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road this evening. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai discover a quantity of explosives found in a car stopped at the junction of the Long Mile road and the Naas Road this evening. Picture: Arthur Carron

The men were arrested as part of an intelligence led operation by officers investigating the activities of dissident republicans.

The men are still being questioned this morning in Ronanstown and in Ballyfermot garda stations.

Picture: Google Maps
Picture: Google Maps

The pair - aged in their 30s and 40s - were travelling in the vehicle on the Naas Road in West Dublin last night when members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stopped them and discovered what they suspected was explosive material.

The car - a Skoda Fabia - was stopped on the Naas Road inbound lane, close to Woodies DIY store, just before the Long Mile Road junction at 7.30pm last night.

The Defence Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit was called to the scene to examine the contents.

EOD officers were seen removing six bags from the car, which were suspected to have contained explosive material.

The material seized from the car will be sent for analysis to determine what the substances are.

A tow truck removed the car from the scene last night.

The Long Mile Road junction and the Naas Road were closed to all traffic until the scene was made safe.

The two arrested men were taken to Ballyfermot and Ronanstown Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. They remained in garda custody this morning.

The discovery resulted from an intelligence-led operation conducted by gardaí attached to the Crime and Security section and the Special Detective Unit.

One of the men is known to the gardai.

Detectives believe that the men are associated with the group, the New IRA, a dissident republican group which claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the prison officer Adrian Ismay last month.

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