DONEGAL. ARRESTATO UN SOLDATO DELL’ESERCITO IRLANDESE PER POSSESSO DI ESPLOSIVI
Two people, arrested by gardaí following the discovery of a pipe bomb in Donegal, are thought to be members of the Irish Army.
A man, aged in his late 20s and a woman aged in her early 30s were arrested in the Burnfoot area close to the border on Monday.
Their arrests came after the Irish army’s bomb squad was called out to an apartment above a petrol station in the area in which they found a pipe bomb.
It’s believed both are soldiers serving in the Irish Army.
They are being questioned by detectives under Section 30 of the offences against the state act.
Mayor of Buncrana, Councillor Peter McLaughlin told UTV: “Well what happened here at Burnfoot, people are concerned because this is something that is alien to them.
“First of all you had an apartment complex above a petrol station, a busy restaurant and shop so the combination, the ingredients where there could have involved a catastrophe.
“Fortunately nothing happened and the guards did their jobs, the bomb disposal people did their job and everything is safe.”
A serving member of the Republic of Ireland’s Defence Forces has been charged with possessing explosives.
Mark Cassidy, of Grianan Vale, Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, County Donegal, appeared before a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court.
He was charged with two counts of possessing explosives, and of possessing 87 shotgun cartridges.
He was remanded in custody to appear again at Letterkenny District Court on Monday 24 February.
A second soldier arrested in connection with an explosives find on Monday has been released without charge.