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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Real IRA bomb materials found
Gardai uncovered Real IRA training camp last year
Gardai uncovered Real IRA training camp last year
The Irish police have seized bomb-making equipment linked to dissident republican paramilitaries in Dublin.

The Garda Special Detective Unit recovered 1.3lbs of Semtex, four electrical detonators and a timing device during a raid on a house at Ballyfermot in west Dublin on Thursday morning.

A man in his late 40s was arrested.

A Garda spokesman said the searches were part of a continuing investigation into the Real IRA, and that tests were being carried out on the recovered material.

The man being questioned about the find is being detained at a Dublin police station.

He can be held for up to 72 hours before being either charged or released.

Youth admits Real IRA charge

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old Dublin schoolboy has pleaded guilty to training in the use of firearms at a Real IRA camp.

The boy was one of 10 people arrested during a raid on an illegal underground bunker firing range in Stamullen, County Meath, last October.


Weapons were seized during the raid
Ten people were originally arrested at the training camp
His mother told Dublin's Special Criminal Court on Thursday that on the night he was arrested she had believed he was at the cinema.

The boy, who was 14 when the offence took place, was remanded on continuing bail.

He is due is appear in court again on 10 July.

The Real IRA carried out a bomb attack on Omagh town centre which killed 29 people and injured more than 200 others in August 1998.

Police in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have been monitoring the activities of the Real IRA and other dissident republicans, including the Continuity IRA.

Both groups are opposed to mainstream republican involvement in the peace process and are believed to pose a significant threat.

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