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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Fourth cache of Real IRA arms is found

A REAL IRA weapons' cache has been uncovered in Dublin.

The haul, which included a pipebomb and two shotguns was uncovered by the Special Detective Unit yesterday.

It was found during a search in the Kiltipper area of Tallaght and it is the fourth dissident arms seizure in less than a week.

The detectives also discovered a quantity of ammunition at the south Dublin location.



SAFE

Concerns are growing that the dissident group has now assembled an arsenal capable of fuelling a prolonged terror campaign.

An army bomb disposal unit was deployed to the scene in Tallaght and the explosive was made safe.

The area was declared safe at around 7.40pm. Gardai are continuing to investigate the finding but no arrests have been made.

In a separate incident, an Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team was deployed to the Ronanstown area last night after the discovery of a viable improvised explosive device (IED).

The team arrived at the waste ground off the Fonthill link road at 9.10pm in response to a request from gardai.

A spokesman said no controlled explosion was carried out and the device was handed over to gardai for their investigations.

The scene was declared safe at 10.45pm.

The latest republican arms discovery come just four days after a massive real IRA weapons cache was discovered in co Louth.

The huge arsenal included three kilos of TNT explosive, a light general purpose machine gun and tripod, a rocket launcher, a large quantity of ammunition and an improvised mortar.

The haul also included more than a dozen detonators that had been fully assembled, a couple of timer power units and parts for other units, a large amount of bomb components, a pipe bomb and a sawn off double barrelled shotgun.



HIDE

Gardai made the discovery at a carefully concealed hide in Barmeath Wood, outside Dunleer, Co Louth.

An array of weapons was found buried in barrels in what garda sources have described as "one of the most significant finds for years".

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