A Clonmel man has been remanded in custody with liberty to apply for bail, to appear before the Special Criminal Court in June in connection with the discovery of a firearm and two viable explosive devices during a search of a vehicle in north Leitrim.
Members of the Rural Policing Unit attached to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station, stopped the suspect vehicle at 11.45am at Sradrine, Glenfarne on May 13 last and made the discovery during a search.
The two occupants of the vehicle, neither from the locality, were brought to Manorhamilton Garda Station for questioning.
Dylan Cahill (22), Lower Irishtown, Clonmel, Co Tipperary appeared before the Special Criminal Court on Saturday last charged with possession of a .380 calibre Colt semi-automatic pistol and further with possession of four rounds of .380 calibre ammunition. He also faced charges relating to the possession of two Improvised Explosive Devices (commonly known as pipe bombs) and membership of an unlawful organisation.
The second man, also in his twenties, was released without charge and a file is now being prepared for the DPP.
Leitrim District Superintendent, Kevin English, explained that the search was part of ongoing security patrols in the border area.
“This is part of an ongoing investigation into criminal dissident activity,” he pointed out to our reporter, “and we would urge anyone who notices any suspicious vehicles or activity to contact gardai.”