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IrelandGarda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts

09:45  31 august  2019
09:45  31 august  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts © PA Archive/PA Images 'Sources said the allegation relates to the member, who has only been with the Garda for less than one year, being in unlawful possession of gun components outside of the organisation'. Stock photo: PA Archive/PA Images

A Garda based in the organisation's headquarters has been arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing gun components.

The garda, who is a probationary officer working out of the headquarters in Phoenix Park, was arrested in Dublin.

He was detained on Thursday evening in the capital and is being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at a Dublin Garda station.

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The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) (Irish language: Aonad Práinnfhreagartha ) is the elite Police Tactical Unit of the Garda Síochána, the national police force of Ireland. The unit is a section of the forces' Special Detective Unit (SDU), under the Crime and Security Branch (CSB).

An Garda Síochána, more commonly referred to as the Gardaí or "the Guards", is the national police service of the Republic of Ireland. The service is headed by the Garda Commissioner who is appointed by the Irish Government. Its headquarters are in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

Sources said the allegation relates to the member, who has only been with the Garda for less than one year, being in unlawful possession of gun components outside of the organisation. It's understood this relates to both firearms and ammunition.

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Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts
Garda held on suspicion of possessing gun parts

"As part of this member's duties he would have had access to firearms, but the allegations relate to incidents outside of his role," a source said.

While the individual has not yet been suspended, he may face disciplinary action in relation to the incident.

The investigation is being taken seriously by the force and Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll, head of Special Crime Operations, is leading the inquiry.

Garda headquarters said it will not comment on the identity of the member.

A Garda spokeswoman said: "A Garda member was arrested in Dublin and is currently being detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 in a Dublin Garda station.

"The investigation is under the direction of Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations, John O'Driscoll. Investigations are ongoing."

It is the second arrest of a probationary garda this week following the detention of an officer in the south of the country over an alleged theft in a Garda station on Thursday.

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