A large seizure of explosives and guns has put a dent in the activities of dissident republicans, say Irish detectives.
The haul uncovered on July 3 during an operation at the Old Airport Road, Cloghran, in north Co Dublin, included 15 kilos of deadly Semtex.
Other bomb-making equipment, including detonator cord and igniters, and firearms including an Uzi sub-machine gun, a Glock semi-automatic pistol, revolvers, shotguns, a silencer and a Taser stun gun, were also recovered.
Superintendent Dave Taylor, of the Garda Press Office, said there was no doubt the seizure has foiled potentially lethal attacks being planned by breakaway republican paramilitaries.
“These weapons are meant for one reason, and one reason only,” he said.
“To kill and maim and cause great destruction to the community.”
The operation was spearheaded by the Garda special detective unit as part of an ongoing nationwide mission to thwart paramilitary activities.
Meanwhile, RTE reported last night that the haul included “provisional IRA weapons which should have been decommissioned, according to the gardaí”.
The Irish national broadcaster reported that the semtex “is old and very different from what is currently available, which is more rigorously controlled and harder to acquire”. RTE also reported: “It is also significant as it appears to indicate that not all of the Provisional IRA’s guns and bombs have been decommissioned. Substantial quantities have ended up in the hands of dissident groups.”