Belfast Telegraph

Suspected Real IRA bomb maker held

A suspected pipe bomb maker for the Real IRA has been detained by gardai over a gangland feud involving organised crime gangs and the dissident group.

At least four shotguns, associated ammunition and two viable pipe bombs were seized in a large-scale search operation at a halting site in north Dublin.

The suspected bomb maker, a man in his 20s, was arrested at the M50 traveller encampment at Northern Cross near the Darndale area.

The two pipe bombs were found in an outhouse on the site.

The operation was launched as part of the wide investigation into the murder of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan and the ongoing feud between his faction and crime outfits in Dublin.

The terror boss, who was awaiting trial for extortion, was shot dead on September 3 at an apartment complex in Clongriffin.

It is understood the search operation was planned after an escalation in the feud last week, including when one pipe bomb failed to explode in an attack last Wednesday and was made safe and another which exploded in an attack on Monday.

The arrested man was taken in for questioning to Coolock garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

The bomb squad was called in following the discovery of the pipe bombs, the Defence Forces said. The explosive devices were described as viable.

"The devices were made safe in situ without the need for a controlled explosion and then removed to a secure military location for further examination," a spokesman for the Defence Forces said.

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