Gardai discover firearms and explosives at Omeath site

March 4, 2019

Gardaí have discovered explosives, guns and ammunition during searches on a site at Omeath in Co Louth. 

The operation was a follow-up to an investigation targeting dissident republican activities. 

Further searches were carried out near Omeath on Thursday.

This operation involved Gardaí from the Louth Garda Division, Special Detective Unit and from Special Tactics & Operations Command.

In a statement, Gardaí said they recovered a quantity of explosives, two firearms and a “sizeable” quantity of ammunition of various calibres.

An Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit of the Irish Defence Forces later visited the site and some of the material was destroyed by a controlled explosion.

Investigations are ongoing – but Gardaí have said there will be no further comment “for operational reasons.”