Pair charged over firearm

Two Dublin brothers were last night charged in relation to the seizure of a firearm and a reported shooting in rural Co Meath over the weekend.

The 31-year-old will appear in court this morning, while his 19-year-old brother will appear at a later date.

Ballistic experts are carrying out tests on a pistol recovered at the scene, while a technical examination is also being conducted in the area.

Gardaí were alerted on Saturday morning to reports of shots being fired in the Readstown area of Summerhill on Friday.

Detectives at Trim Garda Station conducted an initial investigation as to possible suspects. It is understood they were aware of the identity of two brothers who had moved into the area recently.

The older brother has previous criminal convictions, although relatively minor. None are firearms- related.

His younger brother was known to gardaí, but does not have criminal convictions. The two men, from Dublin’s north inner city, moved into the house after it was purchased by a woman in recent times.

Gardaí in Trim received a warrant to conduct a search on Saturday. They were supported by the armed regional support unit.

The team swooped on the house in the early afternoon and conducted a detailed search. They uncovered a pistol as well as ammunition.

The evidence was bagged and dispatched to the Garda Technical Bureau in Dublin HQ for ballistic examination. This will determine whether or not shots have been discharged from the gun. A technical examination began at the scene for any further evidence of shots being fired.

The two men were arrested and brought to Trim Garda Station.



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