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Two arrested in Dublin over car bomb murder attempt on PSNI man

By Ken Foy

Two suspected dissident republicans have appeared before the Irish High Court after they were arrested by gardai in Dublin on Thursday over the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland in 2015.

Sean Farrell (32), of Kilfenora Road, Crumlin, and Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Road, Finglas, were arrested separately at their places of work in north Dublin.

The PSNI wants to charge both men with attempted murder and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

They were detained on Thursday morning under a European Arrest Warrant.

The pair were taken to the High Court and remanded in custody after a brief hearing, during which evidence of their arrest, charge and caution was given by Sergeants Jim Kirwan and Mattie Murphy.

The suspects are due to appear before the High Court again on April 3.

The alleged offences relate to the discovery of a viable bomb under a police officer's car in the Glenrandel area of Eglinton, Co Derry, on June 18, 2015.

An under-vehicle improvised explosive device was found attached to the serving officer's vehicle at an address at Glenrandel.

The target's wife, also a serving PSNI officer, woke in the middle of the night and looked out to see a man planting the device, a previous court hearing was told.

The would-be bomber fled after the woman hammered on the bedroom window. The bomb was made safe.

Three men, including Farrell and Maguire, were detained by gardai in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, at about 4am on June, 18, 2015.

They were travelling in a stolen car that had false number plates and a number of items were seized from the vehicle.

The three were released without charge after their clothing was taken for forensic examination.

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