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Saturday 17 November 2018

Builders working on flats find assault rifle, Glock and ammo

An assault rifle like the one discovered by builders yesterday
An assault rifle like the one discovered by builders yesterday

A garda probe is under way after builders discovered three firearms and a large quantity of ammunition while carrying out renovation work at a Dublin flats complex.

The weapons found at the O'Devaney Gardens development in the north inner city yesterday were an assault rifle, a Glock pistol and a 9mm handgun.

A senior source last night said the weapons, which are "functional" and in "very good nick", are suspected of being stashed there quite recently.

The "completely random" discovery is being investigated by officers from the Bridewell Garda Station and the weapons will be subject to ballistic examinations.

One possibility is that the arsenal was to be used as part of the bitter Hutch/Kinahan feud which has claimed 18 lives to date.

However, a senior source stressed last night that the investigation is in its early stages given the random nature of the discovery.

"The truth of the matter is that gardai do not know who owned these weapons," he told the Herald.

Ongoing

A garda spokesperson said yesterday: "Gardai are investigating the discovery of a number of firearms in the Bridewell area of Dublin this afternoon.

Investigations are ongoing and we have no further information available at this stage."

It was not clear last night how the weapons were concealed when discovered by the builders.

Work to regenerate the flats complex in the north inner-city began last month after 10 years of delays.

Half of all units at O'Devaney Gardens - which is beside Phoenix Park - are for either social housing or affordable/cost rental models, while the rest are to go into the private sector.

Dublin City Council voted to allow for the redevelopment of the complex to proceed in 2016.

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