Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

UUP hails Garda for discovery of dissident weapons cache

MLA Tom Elliott
MLA Tom Elliott

The UUP has praised the work of police in the Republic after a major discovery of dissident republican arms and high explosives in Co Dublin.

The cache included a significant amount of sophisticated electronic equipment, 15kg of Semtex explosives, a machine-gun, four handguns, shotguns, a hand grenade, a huge amount of assorted ammunition and pipe-bombs. UUP justice spokesman Tom Elliott said: "I would like to pass on my congratulations to the Garda on last week's seizure of weaponry in Cloghran, Co Dublin.

"I am relieved that this weaponry has been removed from the hands of those who clearly intended to cause serious injury and death as they seek to impose their will via terror – both in the Republic and in Northern Ireland.

"The discovery of Semtex is particularly significant given that the Provisional IRA's stock was believed to have come from the Libyan connection back in the 1980s."

He then went on to criticise the DUP. He said: "We were assured by the DUP that IRA decommissioning had been completed and that all the IRA's explosives and weaponry had been placed 'beyond use', yet for some time now it has been clear that IRA weaponry has been turning up in the hands of so-called dissidents.

"It is quite clear that on the issue of decommissioning – as with a number of others – the DUP have been hoodwinked by republicans."