Gardaí (Irish police) are compiling a fresh list of dissident IRA sympathizers as they prepare for a potential hard border after Brexit.
The threat from dissidents has risen as the so-called “New IRA” began a campaign of terror which may involve young recruits who were not previously part of such organizations.
There is now an effort to build an up-to-date intelligence picture of potential dissidents across Ireland to counteract this threat.
The Irish Mirror reports that there is a new desire to launch a fresh campaign and the dissidents are led by a handful of hardcore fundamentalists with a crop of new young recruits from both sides of the border.
Intelligence and anti-terror Gardaí carried out a massive search operation in the Cooley Peninsula, County Louth in recent weeks netting a giant haul of weaponry, explosives and ammunition.
Detectives from the Special Detective Unit backed up by the Emergency Response Unit searched a wide area of land.
The New IRA is an offshoot and amalgamation of other dissident terror groups opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.
In a statement provided to local paper the Derry Journal, the group said it placed a car bomb in Bishop Street, Derry, last month.
The New IRA is believed to be led by a notorious bomber who has carried out atrocities over decades and is planning a new campaign.
“We also caution those who collaborate with the British that they are to desist immediately as no more warnings will be given," the statement read.
The group added that it will “continue to strike at crown forces and personnel and their imperial establishment.
“All this talk of Brexit, hard borders, soft borders, has no bearing on our actions and the IRA won’t be going anywhere. Our fight goes on.”
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