Ammunition was hidden, not dumped

I noted the Irish Examiner article on the ammunition find in Kerry on Tuesday.. and the generally low-key reaction. Today’s Irish Independent has a report that would explain why – One senior garda said the ammunition had been there “for several years” and was “buried into the bank of the river”. “It was hidden, not dumped.”

From the Irish Independent –

However, they said they do not believe it had any links to the recent IRA statement ordering its members to dump arms.

A boy playing with his dog near a river bank at Tonevane close to the Tralee Bay coastline on Tuesday found boxes of ammunition that had become exposed. There were more than 2,500 rounds. Gardai searched the immediate area and removed the boxes.

One senior garda said the ammunition had been there “for several years” and was “buried into the bank of the river”.

“It was hidden, not dumped,” he said.

He believed the recent long spell of dry weather led to its exposure on the river bank.

The ammunition was suitable for AK-47 rifles and was in good condition. No weapons were found in the hual.

Gardai were keeping an open mind as to its provenance and whether it was linked to paramilitary activity. Several arms finds have been made in the past in Kerry, which has pockets of republican sympathisers, particularly in the Tralee and north county areas.

  • Macswiney

    Pete sorry to say this but that is possibly the best ‘non-story’I’ve read for some time. This may expain what you describe as the low-key raection. In terms of the potential amount of arms and explosives on the island as a whole, the finding of a few boxes of ammunition buried in a river bank in Kerry by a boy and his dog is hardly earth-shattering stuff. I would also correct your assertion that Kerry has what you choose to describe as ‘pockets of Republican sympathisers’. In fact Martin Ferris topped the poll in North Kerry with almost 25% of the vote at the last election beating not only Fianna Fail and Fine Gael but also the former Tanaiste Dick Spring.