Handgun and rifle seized by gardai investigating dissident republicans

Gardai have seized guns
Gardai have seized guns

A handgun and a rifle were seized by gardai yesterday in an operation targeting the activities of dissident republicans.

Gardai say the handgun was loaded with five bullets.

A rifle, also seized during the search of lands at Raskeagh outside Dundalk in Co Louth, did not contain ammunition.

Gardaí also found components for other guns.  All will be subject to ballistic tests.

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit assisted gardaí and a number of items were removed to the Curragh army camp where they will be examined.

The operation continued for most of the day. No arrests were made.

The searches took place approximately 3km from Kilcurry.