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'Explosive components found in car'

Components of an improvised explosive were seized from the car of a woman charged with terrorism offences in Northern Ireland, a court has heard.

Firing mechanisms and remote signalling equipment were discovered in an empty oil container in the vehicle after Nuala Gormley was stopped by police in Mid Ulster on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, from Morgan Park in Dromore, Co Tyrone, admitted her support for republicanism and had republican memorabilia in her home, police said.

A detective constable told Dungannon Magistrates' Court: "Provisional examination by Forensic Science Northern Ireland, indications suggest that the relevant items seized are the component parts of an improvised explosive device."

Gormley was stopped in Drum Road in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

The suspect is charged with committing two offences on August 6 - one of having a remote-controlled receiver and a second of possession of a transmitter and antenna, intending it to be of use to terrorism.

The court heard Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers found a five-litre oil container in the back of the Nissan Almera she was driving. Inside were two remote- controlled receivers, batteries, switches, an antenna and a remote-controlled transmitter. The detective said the haul constituted firing mechanisms and the antenna could be used to send a signal to receivers.

"These devices are connected to ongoing dissident republican terrorism," he added.

Gormley has a clean record but the detective told the court this was a tactic employed by dissidents, warning that if she was released she could re-engage like-minded people in terrorism. He also claimed she may interfere with the administration of justice.

District judge John Meehan refused her bail, citing the gravity of the allegations, and remanded her in custody to reappear via video-link at Dungannon on September 6.

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