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Tipperary Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of A Gun & Explosives

Justice Ms Isobel Kennedy, sitting with Judge Ms Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge Mr James Faughnan, today handed down sentencing to a Tipperary man, who had earlier pleaded guilty, at the Special Criminal Court, to the possession of two pipe-bombs, a pistol and ammunition.

Mr Dylan Cahill, aged 24 years, residing at Lower Irishtown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, had pleaded guilty last April to the possession of a .380 calibre Colt semi-automatic pistol, together with four rounds of .380 calibre ammunition, at Sradrine, Glefarne, Co Leitrim on May 13th, 2015. He had also pleaded guilty to the possession of two improvised explosive pipe-bomb devices, at the same place on the same date.

Mr Cahill was today sentenced to six years in prison, with the final year suspended, for each of the offences, with the sentences set to run concurrently.

The court had previously heard that the investigating Gardaí were on routine traffic duty on the day in question and had stopped a maroon coloured Volkswagen Passat car, following earlier reports that a vehicle answering a similar description had absconded from a filling station, having failed to pay for fuel.

The car was being driven by Mr Cahill, and on searching the vehicle, Gardaí found a plastic shopping bag on the floor of the front passenger seat, containing a pistol and two pipe bombs.

During subsequent interviews with Gardaí, Mr Cahill stated that he had no idea for what purpose the gun was intended. Gardaí however believe that the gun and pipe bombs were being transported as part of future intended IRA activities.

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