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Tight security as five remanded in INLA bomb factory case

Five men arrested at a suspected INLA bomb factory were remanded in custody yesterday.

They were charged under the Republic's Offences Against the State Act with possession of explosives -- three were also charged with membership of the outlawed republican faction.

They were arrested by the Special Detective Unit, which investigates subversive activity, at an apartment at the Crescent, Park West, Clondalkin, Dublin, on Tuesday.

The five, who appeared at the three-judge Special Criminal Court in Dublin's Green Street amid tight security, are Garret Pigott (25) Philipsburgh Terrace, Dublin; Gareth Byrne (26) Park Crescent, Kimmage Dublin; Cormac Fitzpatrick (22) Cathedral Walk, Monaghan, Co Monaghan; Jonathan Keogh (23), Upper Sean McDermott Street, Dublin; and Terry McConnell (27), Tullymore Gardens, Andersontown, Belfast.

They are charged with the unlawful possession of explosive materials, contrary to the Offences against the State Act, at the Park West apartment on Tuesday, September 9, last.

Detectives found four lengths of steel pipe with screw threaded ends and caps at the apartment.

They also seized around 620 grammes of propellant powder, four 5-watt capsule bulbs, seven Panasonic 9-volt batteries and seven travel alarm clocks.

Lengths of three-core wire, a soldering iron and packs of 4-inch nails were also recovered in the operation.

The men were remanded in custody to appear before next Thursday's sitting of the Special Criminal Court. None of the five spoke during the proceedings, except to confirm their identities. Members of the Special Detective Unit told the court that all five were charged and cautioned between late on Wednesday night and early yesterday.

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