Two arrested at border ‘bomb-making factory’

June 28, 2011

Two men were arrested after Gardaí uncovered what is believed to be a suspected dissident republican bomb-making factory at Hackballscross, Co. Louth.

The find was made around 1.00pm on Saturday when police swooped on the property, less than two miles from the border.

The men, both aged in their fifties, were detained at a farm house following searches of the property and outhouses.

Garda officers found “a substantial quantity of fertilizer” being processed to make explosives, according to national news reports.

Officers attached to the Special Detective Unit, the Emergency Response Unit and Crime and Security were assisted by local units from the Louth-Meath division in the search and arrest operation, Gardaí said.

The area was sealed off for a time while Army bomb disposal experts carried out a full examination of the scene.

Following the operation, there was a heightened security presence north of the border, believed to be linked to follow-up searches in the area.

The men arrested were taken for questioning at Drogheda and Balbriggan Garda Stations.  At the time of going to press, they remain in custody.