Northern Ireland

Dublin: Guns and bomb parts seized in 'major setback' for dissident republicans

Irish police have described the seizure of guns and bomb making material during weekend searches in Dublin as a "major setback" for dissident republicans.

An AK47 rifle, a sawn-off shotgun and a number of semi-automatic pistols were found in searches in the Ballymun, East Wall and Cloughran areas of Dublin.

The Irish Army carried out a controlled explosion at one search location where bomb components were discovered.

Two men in their 50s were arrested over the weekend and remain in custody.

One of the men was arrested at a house in Church Road, East Wall, on Saturday afternoon, where the police found the shotgun and four handguns.

'Very significant'

He is still being questioned at Mountjoy Garda (police) station while the other man is being interviewed by detectives in Coolock.

As police released further details about the search operations carried out Saturday and Sunday, a senior detective described the latest weapons seizures as "very significant".

He described them as a "major setback against the criminal and subversive activities of dissident republicans".

The Garda Special Detective Unit was assisted by members of the Emergency Response Unit during the operation.

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