Six held and explosives found in garda raids as dissident republicans targeted
SIX men have been arrested in a massive cross-country garda operation targeting dissident republican activity.
A substantial explosive device was discovered in a house in the Riverchapel area of Courtown, Co Wexford yesterday during one of 20 planned raids.
It is understood that no one was found in the house when members of the Garda Special Detective Unit searched the premises. However, an arrest was made a short time later.
The area remained cordoned off last night as members of the Army bomb squad made the device safe.
Four men were detained following early morning raids in counties Louth, Dublin and Wexford.
They are currently being detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at various garda stations across Dublin.
The men are being held on several offences, including directing terrorism, membership of an unlawful organisation and possession of explosives.
One of the men is aged in his 60s and the other three in their 20s.
Component parts for explosives devices were discovered at some of the other locations searched.
"All component parts will now be subject to technical examination," said a garda spokesman.
Separately, a firearm and suspected parts for explosives have been recovered in Co Leitrim.
Two men in their 20s were arrested and were being detained at Manorhamilton Garda Station.