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Detectives arrest man following discovery of AK47s and IED components

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Gardai discovered firearms including AK 47 rifles (File)
Gardai discovered firearms including AK 47 rifles (File)

Gardai have arrested a man following an operation targeting dissident republicans in the border region.

Officers attached to the Special Detective Unit, the Emergency Response Unit and Gardaí from the Cavan-Monaghan Division executed the operation last Wednesday in the Scotstown area of County Monaghan.

During the searches, which are still ongoing, a number of firearms including AK47 assault rifles, mortars, detonators, a detonating cord and other component parts of IEDs were found.

Gardai said the operation involved officers from its anti-terror division, the special detective unit, dog handlers and its armed emergency response unit as well as local officers.

A 43-year-old man was arrested in the Scotstown area and was detained at Carrickmacross Garda Station.

Jim Smyth, with an address at Aghalissabeagh, Scotstown, County Monaghan was charged with membership of an unlawful organization, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA.

He was arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

He was remanded in custody until Wednesday morning, when a bail application is expected to be heard.