Housing estate evacuated after suspect device found

Esther Hayden

Published 15/05/2015 | 00:00

Garda on duty
Garda on duty

Residents of a Courtown estate have been evacuated from their homes after a suspect device was found.

Gardai raided a house in Harbour Court on Wednesday morning and found the device. The raid is part of an ongoing investigation by members of An Garda Siochana from the Special Detective Unit, Harcourt Sq and Crime & Security, Garda Headquarters into dissident republicans activity.

A total of 20 searches were carried out in Wexford, Louth and Dublin on Wednesday as part of the investigation with the assistance of the Garda Emergency Response Unit, Technical Bureau, Dog Unit and uniform and detective Gardai from the Louth and Wexford Divisions.

As part of this investigation four men, one in his 60s and the other three in their 20s, were arrested.

All are currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against Act at various Garda Stations in the Dublin Metropolitan Region. They were arrested for directing terrorism, membership of an unlawful organisation and possession of explosives.

As part of this operation Gardai have recovered a suspect device in Courtown. The area has been cordoned off and the Army EOD team are on their way to the scene.

Gardai have also recovered component parts for explosives devices at some of the other locations searched. All component parts will now be subject to technical examination.

Investigations are ongoing.

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