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Mountbatten gun found by Irish officer returns to UK

A PISTOL owned by Lord Louis Mountbatten which lay in an Irish army barracks for more than 40 years has been returned to his family.

Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin and the last Viceroy of India, was assassinated by the Provisional IRA who blew up his boat, the Shadow V, in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, in 1979. The bomb also killed two schoolboys and an 82-year-old woman.

Last night, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and the Irish Defence Forces handed over Mountbatten's FN .25 calibre "Baby Browning" pistol to British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott at his residence, Glencairn, in Sandyford.

The pistol, like all handguns owned by civilians in the Republic in 1972, was handed in to the gardai following a government order.

A Defence Forces spokesman told the Herald that an officer spotted the pistol in the armoury in Custume Barracks, Athlone, and saw Mountbatten's name was inscribed on it.