Sunday 23 July 2017

Weapons cache was worrying sign of dissident sophistication

Some of the weapons seized during investigations into dissident republican activity in 2014 and 2015 on display at Garda headquarters in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Some of the weapons seized during investigations into dissident republican activity in 2014 and 2015 on display at Garda headquarters in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Two months ago gardaí put on a display of weapons and bomb components they had seized from dissident republicans.

The aim was to demonstrate what were described as the growing capabilities of dissident terror groups to launch explosive and gun attacks in Northern Ireland, with logistical support from their cells operating across the border in the Republic.

The display was also used to publicly voice fears the dissidents might attempt to step up their campaign of violence this year to coincide with the 1916 Rising centenary commemoration events.

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