- Apr 2, 2016
Gardai are becoming increasingly concerned that the 'New IRA' terror group are planning a "spectacular bomb attack" to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising this month. The fears come after a massive garda operation on Wednesday night which led to the discovery of a large haul of explosives in a car.
Armed officers from the Emergency Response Unit stopped the vehicle just before the Long Mile Road junction at around 7pm. Two Tallaght men were arrested at the scene after being subdued by armed gardai and forced to lie on the ground.
Senior sources have revealed that gardai and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are "extremely worried" that the 'New IRA' will carry out a bomb attack in either Northern Ireland or the mainland UK to mark the Rising anniversary on Sunday, April 24.
"This organisation seems to be getting stronger all the time, but this week's garda operation shows that the Special Detective Unit are on top of these individuals in terms of surveillance," a source said.
"There is little doubt that the seizure of explosives has helped save lives. However, there are still major concerns about this organisation's capabilities ahead of events later this month, and garda operations will continue," a source said last night.
Fears 'New IRA' planning 'spectacular bomb attack' to mark centenary of Easter Rising - Independent.ie
In the words of a famous bearded one whose party sits in the Dail and which has rejected Dissident Republican groups and activity; "they haven't gone away you know"?
Clearly, it would seem that some are still incapable of abandoning physical force, even though they know it is futile.