Gardaí hold nine in connection with dissident republican activity

Gardaí hold nine in connection with dissident republican activity

Nine men are being held for questioning in connection with dissident republican activity.

It follows a series of raids in counties Louth, Wexford and Waterford yesterday - during which a firearm and explosives were recovered.

The arrests were made yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity.

Two of the men - who are 20 and 33 years old - were detained after investigating officers raided a house in Dunleer, county Louth yesterday... during which a handgun and ammunition were discovered.

Elsewhere, seven men - whose ages range from 19 to 71 - were detained after house searches in counties Waterford and Wexford.

During one of those - in Barntown, Co Wexford - the area was sealed off after gardaí found a number of component parts of an explosive device.

All nine men are now being held under section thirty of the offences of the state act - at Whitehall, Santry, Waterford, Wexford, New Ross, Thomastown and Enniscorthy garda stations.

They can be held for questioning for 72 hours.


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