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Explosives seized by armed detectives in major blow against dissidents

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Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

Armed detectives have struck a major blow against dissident republicans after a top secret operation yesterday which led to the seizure of explosives near the border.

Sources say that three well-known IRA figures were in garda custody last night after the operation which happened around 10km south of the Co Louth town of Ardee.

During the operation a car was stopped at around 2pm yesterday on a rural road.

Two men who were in the car were arrested at the scene and taken to Drogheda Garda Station.

There were reports last night that the explosives had been collected by the dissidents in Co Westmeath and were to be taken to Northern Ireland for a pre-Christmas "spectacular" attack on the PSNI.

questioned

A house in the Mullingar area remained sealed-off last night and a third suspect was arrested at this location yesterday afternoon.

He was being questioned last night by detectives from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) in Tullamore Garda Station in Co Offaly.

It has emerged that the Army's bomb disposal team were called to the rural location near Ardee yesterday afternoon and spent around two hours at the scene.

It is understood that yesterday's operation was a result of weeks of surveillance by members of the SDU and the PSNI.

A garda spokesman refused to confirm any details of the operation when contacted by the Herald last night.

kfoy@herald.ie


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