Armed undercover checkpoints on Border

As members of Sinn Fein celebrated the 95th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and prominent members of the party denounced the use of violence by dissident groups, Gardai have declared that Donegal will not provide a safe haven for dissidents or any other terrorist group.

As members of Sinn Fein celebrated the 95th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and prominent members of the party denounced the use of violence by dissident groups, Gardai have declared that Donegal will not provide a safe haven for dissidents or any other terrorist group.

The Gardai in Donegal are involved in ‘unprecedented’ cooperation in an effort to thwart a new terror campaign by the Real IRA – and have vowed to prevent the county being used as a ‘safe haven’ for gunmen and bombers and have mounted armed undercover checkpoints along border areas in an attempt to curb any further activity.

Last week the terror gang behind the Omagh bomb announced it had recruited former members of the Provisional IRA and was now calling itself ‘the IRA’ however security sources have insisted that the gang is the Real IRA.

Security sources however, have insisted the gang is the Real IRA.

There are fears the Real IRA plan to step up its attacks in and around Derry and Strabane in the coming weeks and Gardai are determined the terrorists won’t be able to see Donegal as an easy getaway route.

A senior Garda source said that Donegal will provide no safe haven for any of these people.

“There is little or no support for dissidents in the North and there is very little support for them here either.

“We have now unprecedented cooperation between police forces north and south and we are determined to do everything we can to prevent further attacks.”

Gardai have already stepped up patrols along Border routes and are in constant contact with PSNI officers north of the Border and have manned armed undercover checkpoints along the Border.

Since the murder of 25-year-old PSNI constable Ronan Kerr three weeks ago which provoked anger from across the political divide, the PSNI have warned that dissidents are continuing to target its officers.