Tuesday 25 October 2016

Arrests expected in investigation into M7 gun and bombs find

The scene on the M7 at the time of the seizure in February
The scene on the M7 at the time of the seizure in February

Detectives are expected to make more arrests following the discovery of bombs and a loaded Glock gun on the M7 motorway which has been linked to the New INLA gang.

The discovery of the deadly items near Mountrath, Co Laois, following a garda surveillance operation caused the motorway to be closed for several hours on the night of February 25.

Two eastern European men, one in his early 40s and the other in his late teens, were arrested at the scene and questioned for a number of days before being released without charge.

Gardai are investigating the role of a north Dublin-based gangster in the major seizure.

"More arrests are expected in this case which has proven to be complex. A lot of CCTV has been studied and phone records have also been examined," a senior source revealed.

It is understood that the men who were arrested have come under "serious pressure" from the criminals for whom they were transporting the bombs and gun.

"The seizure did cause a lot of tension within the New INLA group," a source said.

It is believed the bombs and gun were being transported from Limerick to Dublin to be used by the New INLA to attack their gangland rivals.


Since that bust, gardai have had some major successes against the mob, with some of its key members now locked up and awaiting trial.

However, it is suspected that some of the New INLA criminals became involved in the bitter Hutch/Kinahan feud and were involved in February's murder of dissident Republican Vinnie Ryan in Finglas.

Two of the gang's most prominent members, both aged 30, have gone on the run.

A close associate of one of these gangsters, Christopher Maguire (38), remains in a serious condition after being shot five times in an attempted murder in Lusk, north Co Dublin, on Tuesday morning of last week.

Gardai have been investigating whether Maguire was targeted by the Hutch gang because of his pals' suspected role in the feud.

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