Detectives hail explosives seizure
Published 11/07/2013 | 17:23
A large seizure of explosives and guns has put a dent in the activities of dissident republicans, say detectives.
The haul uncovered during an operation at the Old Airport Road, Cloghran, in north Co Dublin, included 15 kilos of deadly Semtex.
Other bomb-making equipment, including detonator cord and igniters, and firearms including an Uzi sub-machine gun, a Glock semi-automatic pistol, revolvers, shotguns, a silencer and a Taser stun gun were also recovered.
Superintendent Dave Taylor, of the Garda Press Office, said there was no doubt the seizure has foiled potentially lethal attacks being planned by breakaway republican paramilitaries.
"These weapons are meant for one reason, and one reason only. To kill and maim and cause great destruction to the community," he said.
Around 1,300 rounds of ammunition were also among the cache discovered on July 3. The operation was spearheaded by the Garda special detective unit as part of an ongoing nationwide mission to thwart paramilitary activities.
While some of the weapons looked in poor condition, Mr Taylor said they remained lethal.
The guns and explosives are being scrutinised by forensic experts in an attempt to determine if they have been used in past incidents and their origin.
Gardai have described it as a very significant seizure.
"I have no doubt this will put a dent in the operation of these (dissident) groups," said Mr Taylor.