Belfast Telegraph

Four held in dissident terror probe

Four men have been arrested in the Republic of Ireland on suspicion of terror offences after a series of raids turned up bomb-making equipment.

Some 20 searches were carried out as part of an ongoing Garda investigation into dissident republican activity in counties Dublin, Louth and Wexford today.

Several units, including armed officers, were involved and an area of Courtown, Co Wexford, has been sealed off while bomb experts deal with a suspect device.

One of the detained suspects is in his 60s and the other three are all in their 20s, said a Garda spokesman.

"All are currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at various Garda stations in the Dublin Metropolitan Region," he added.

The four have have been arrested under suspicion of a number of offences, including directing terrorism, membership of an unlawful organisation and possession of explosives.

Component parts for explosives devices were discovered at a number of locations, which have been sent for technical examination.

"Investigations are ongoing," the Garda spokesman added.

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