Two men in court following discovery of explosive device in Longford

Alan Walsh

Reporter:

Alan Walsh

Two of the four men arrested on Wednesday night at Forgney, close to Ballymahon, following the discovery of a suspected improvised explosive  will appear before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court, Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.
Two of the four men arrested on Wednesday night at Forgney, close to Ballymahon, following the discovery of a suspected improvised explosive device in a vehicle will appear before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court, Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin this evening Friday, June 26 at 8.30pm.

Two of the four men arrested on Wednesday night at Forgney, close to Ballymahon, following the discovery of a suspected improvised explosive device in a vehicle will appear before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court, Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin this evening Friday, June 26 at 8.30pm.

Gardaí have charged two men, aged 49 and 28 years, in connection with an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity.

The men were detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 as amended at Longford and Granard Garda Stations.

Two other men, late 20’s and late 40’s, arrested at the time have been released from Garda custody without charge.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

On Wednesday evening, an Army Bomb Disposal team rendered safe the viable improvised explosive device which was discovered during the search of private vehicle on the R392 at Forgney.

Road closures were put in place for public safety ahead of their arrival at the scene at 9.11pm.

The device was made safe without the need for a controlled explosion and the road reopened at 10.35pm.