Seizure of weapons and bomb equipment a "major setback" for Dissident Republicans, say gardaí

Two men were arrested and weapons including an AK-47 rifle were found following a swoop against dissident republicans in Dublin.

Bomb-making equipment was also located during the planned searches on premises in the capital over the weekend, leading to a controlled explosion being carried out.

Gardaí said officials from the Special Detective Unit alongside members of the Emergency Response Unit carried out a number of strategic searches against dissident republicans in Dublin on Saturday and yesterday.

Premises in Ballymun, East Wall, and Cloughran were targeted in the swoop, which resulted in a number of semi-automatic pistols, a sawn-off shotgun, and an AK-47 assault rifle being recovered.

Bomb-making material was found at one of the locations, requiring the assistance of the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to make the area safe, with a controlled explosion carried out.

Two men, both aged in their fifties, were arrested in connection with the searches and were being detained last night under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

One of the men was being questioned at Mountjoy Garda Station, while the other was being held at Coolock Garda Station.

Senior gardaí said the seizures were “very significant” and represented a major setback in criminal and subversive activities of dissident republicans in Dublin. The Garda Technical Bureau was still examining the scenes yesterday.

The swoop on the various premises was the result of an ongoing, intelligence-led investigation by the Garda Crime and Security section and the Special Detective Unit.

It is understood that one premises was searched in each of the three locations, and that the bomb-making equipment — and subsequent controlled explosion — was at a residence on Balbutcher Lane, Ballymun.

The planned search of a house in Church Rd in East Wall resulted in the discovery of four handguns, one shotgun, and ammunition.

The two men can be held for up to three days.


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