Suspected dissident republicans arrested

A local man who was arrested in relation to the murder of prison officer David Black was released last night, Tuesday, December 3.

The 51-year-old male had been arrested and detained at Ballyconnell Garda Station on Monday, he was released from Garda custody, without charge, last night. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

Two local suspected dissident republicans were arrested over the murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland on Monday, December 2. One of the men arrested in understood to be from Carrigallen.

The men, aged 34 and 51, from the Cavan/Leitrim area were arrested under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 and detained at garda stations in the Cavan.

As part of an ongoing operation by the Special Detective Unit targeting dissident republicans and in particular their involvement in the murder of Mr.David Black, a number of searches were carried out on Monday, December 2 in the Leitrim and Cavan areas.

David Black, a prison officer and father of two, was killed in a drive-by gun attack as he drove from his home in Cookstown, Co Tyrone to Maghaberry Prison just outside Lisburn, Co Antrim on November 1, 2012.

Last month, the PSNI had issued a fresh appeal for information on the killing and gave specific details about a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration which pulled alongside Mr Black and fired a number of shots, fatally injuring him.

Last year a republican paramilitary group calling itself the IRA admitted responsibility for the murder. Another South Leitrim man had been questioned in relation to this murder last year. He was released without charge.


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