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Friday 19 July 2019

Components for nine pipe bombs and gun are found

Gardai found parts for nine pipe bombs in the Moneymore area
Gardai found parts for nine pipe bombs in the Moneymore area

A handgun and enough components to make up to nine pipe bombs have been recovered by gardai.

The haul, which is linked to a gang involved in the Drogheda feud, was discovered yesterday afternoon on waste ground in the Moneymore area of the Co Louth town.

Gardai believe the find is linked to the mob led by Owen Maguire (34), which is involved in a bitter dispute with a rival outfit.

Following the garda discovery, the Army's bomb disposal unit was called in and the area sealed off.

After a two-hour inspection, the suspect devices were deemed not viable.

However, a senior source told the Herald that the components could make up to nine pipe bombs.

A garda spokeswoman said: "Gardai were alerted to an incident in Moneymore at about 1pm. A firearm was discovered on waste ground in the Moneymore Estate area.

"On further searches in the area, a bag containing suspect devices was also located."

Tensions

The weapons seizure has been described as "significant" as tensions remain high in the Drogheda area.

Gardai in the town have tried to keep a lid on the Maguire feud, which has seen a spate of attempted murders, assaults and shootings in recent months.

Last July, Maguire was shot multiple times in Cement Road, Drogheda, and has been receiving hospital treatment since.

He was shot in the stomach and shoulder and suffered injuries to both legs and wrists in the botched hit that left a bullet lodged in his spine.

In February, his brother Brendan survived a shooting at the M1 retail park.

He was shot several times while he sat in his car.

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