Real IRA suspects held after garda raid
TWO men suspected of being major figures in the Real IRA were among nine men in custody today following their arrests in garda swoops last night.
Detectives found a bomb component factory in last night's coordinated search and arrest operations at Corrstown, Dunleer, Co Louth, and in locations in counties Waterford and Wexford.
The two suspects are believed to be key figures in the Real IRA faction aligned to the terror group's former director of operations, who lives outside Dundalk. The bomb component factory was discovered in a shed at Keelogue, Barntown, between Wexford and New Ross.
Detectives found circuit boards and other components, including parts for timer power units for bombs. Ammunition was also discovered. Garda chiefs believe the bombs would be destined for the North where dissidents are trying to destroy the peace process.