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Police warn of illegal lottery funding Irish terrorism

The warning comes after police made an arrest.
The warning comes after police made an arrest.

Police are warning the public not to play a lottery game saying it funds Irish terrorism and organised criminality.

It comes as a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being involved in an illegal lottery described as ‘E2 Republican Prisoners Portlaoise’ and possible benefits offences.

“Police would take this opportunity to advise members of the public not to purchase these lottery tickets as they are illegal and are funding organised criminality and terrorism,” Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin.

The man had been arrested on Saturday in Strabane under the Terrorism Act in connection with a gun attack in the town and on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation.

He was released without charged on those matters and then arrested again under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act on suspicion of the other offences.

He continues to be questioned at Musgrave Police Station.

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