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Ongoing inquiries Defence Forces 'has no comment to make' on alleged theft of weapons components from bases

Several years ago gardaí found a military issued non-lethal grenade in a house in Kildare during a drugs search

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The Defence Forces have said their position “remains unchanged” in that they will not comment on reports that they are carrying out an investigation into the alleged theft of weapons components from Army stores. 

The Defence Forces has no comment to make in relation to this matter,” a spokesperson for the army said, in relation to claims that weapons and weapon parts have gone missing from military bases in the past.

The Irish Times has said that military police, with the assistance of the Garda, have been examining the issue for the last several months.

“Hundreds of pages of documents have been examined, including the records of weapons and their components being signed out and back in,” the paper reports. “No arrests have been made to date and inquiries are ongoing.

According to the paper, a report by the Military Police is due to be finalised in the near future for the Defence Forces’ senior leadership and the Department of Defence.

It is also understood the Garda became involved on foot of a request by the Defence Forces.

While investigations of alleged crimes on military property are typically handled by the Military Police, it has the option of going to the Garda for assistance with serious offences.

The gardai did not have information on a request for comment by sundayworld.com

Several years ago gardaí found a military issued non-lethal grenade in a house in Kildare during a drugs search.

In 2009, training weapons, including blank rounds of ammunition, flares, training grenades and a pellet gun were stolen from Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick.

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