That’s quite some spin there on that dissident republicans arms find… July 11, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Northern Ireland.
Gardaí say arms find includes IRA weapons that should have been decommissioned
Explosives, firearms and ammunition discovered in Dublin last week included Provisional IRA weapons that should have been decommissioned, according to the gardaí.
Gardaí say this is a highly significant seizure.
The seizure is significant because it is the largest ever dissident republican arms and explosives find.
It is also significant as it appears to indicate that not all of the Provisional IRA’s guns and bombs have been decommissioned.
Gardai say weapons seized in Dublin were stolen from Provisional IRA
Gardai believe the largest haul of explosives, firearms and ammunition ever seized from dissident republicans was stolen from the Provisional IRA in 1998 as the Real IRA split from it.
Garda sources said while some of the weapons are not believed to have been once owned by the now disbanded Provisional IRA, all of the semtex and some of the guns and ammunition were once part of that grouping’s arsenal, the remainder of which has been decommissioned.
“The Provisional IRA said around the time the dissidents broke away in the late 90s that some of its (weapons and explosives) had gone missing and we believed what’s been seized now is part of that,” said one Garda source.