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Ninth man held in dissidents probe

A ninth suspected dissident republican has been arrested by detectives who seized ammunition and bomb-making material in an anti-terror blitz.

The man, in his 20s, is being held at Longford Garda station. Eight other men remain in custody.

Garda sources said the operation was carried out against the Oglaigh na hEireann splinter group, a breakaway group from the Real IRA which supports dissidents targeting security forces in the north.

A tube and equipment to launch a mortar, a Magnum revolver and a large quantity of ammunition and bomb-making material were seized during 15 dawn raids across counties Wexford, Waterford, Clare and Longford on Thursday.

A well-known republican in his mid-60s is being held at Ennis Garda station in Co Clare and two men - one in his 50s and one in his late 20s - are being questioned in New Ross.

Another two - one in his 40s and the other in his late 20s - are being held at Waterford Garda station, two in their 20s and 30s in Tramore, and a man in his early 30s at Dungarvan.

All nine suspects have been detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act on suspicion of membership of an unlawful organisation and unlawful possession of firearms and explosives.

The operation, organised by the Special Detective Unit and supported by local units, spanned the South-Eastern, Southern and Western garda regions.

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