Bomb making factory foiled

TWO men in their early 50s were arrested by local gardaí on Saturday after the discovery of a bomb factory at Hackballscross, close to the Border.

TWO men in their early 50s were arrested by local gardaí on Saturday after the discovery of a bomb factory at Hackballscross, close to the Border.

Gardaí from the Louth-Meath division were assisted in the raid of the premises by the Special Detective Unit.

It is believed that the factory was at the centre of operations of a dissident republican group based around the Border, which has been involved in a number of attacks.

The shed where the find was made at around 1pm on Saturday was sealed off and its contents were examined. It is understood a large amount of fertiliser-based mix was found but no further details have been released by gardaí.

Gardaí have been searching for a bomb factory in the area for some time. It was known that a 500lb bomb left at an underpass on the M1 just north of the Border in April had been manufactured in the area.

The scene was declared safe at 11.30pm on Saturday night. The two men arrested remained in custody on Monday in Drogheda and Balbriggan Garda Stations.