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Court hears gardai intercepted home made bomb near the border

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

Special Branch detectives intercepted a large home made bomb destined for Northern Ireland near the border last year, the Special Criminal Court has been told.

Special Branch detectives intercepted a large home made bomb destined for Northern Ireland near the border last year, the Special Criminal Court has been told.

Gareth Mulley (45), of Aisling Park, Dundalk, Co Louth has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of an explosive substance  - PETN and RDX, an adapted 50 litre beer keg, 50kg of ammonium nitrate homemade explosives, an improvised steel booster tube and an improvised time and power unit at Kilcurry Church, Co Louth on May 25, 2014.

Opening the prosecution case, Mr Paul Greene SC told the three-judge non-jury court that in May last year the Crime and Security Section and Special Detective Unit were investigating the activities of the IRA in the Louth border area and in particular the movement of explosives.

Members of the SDU observed the accused Mulley on May 20th and 25th around his home in Dundalk and at the grounds of Kilcurry Church. 

“This set of events were preparatory to the movement of an improvised explosive device to another jurisdiction, Northern Ireland,” he said.

He said that Mulley was arrested by members of the Emergency Response Unit after there was a transfer of material from a van to a northern registered Volkswagen Passat car. 

He said that the court would hear evidence from forensic scientists that a 50 litre Guinness keg had been adapted and that an improvised booster tube containing the high explosives, PETN and RDX,  were also found in the car along with a time and power unit with a thirty minute delay function.

Mr Greene said that these were all components for a beer keg bomb of a type that has been used in the past.

The trial is continuing.