A supermarket for bombers with no one at the checkout

Don Mullan, best known for his book about Bloody Sunday, has written a new book, Speaking Truth to Power, about corruption in the Irish Army. One of the allegations in the book is that republican and loyalists may have taken advantage of lax security at the Irish Industrial Explosives Plant to steal explosives or their ingredients.Security problems were first highlighted when a British official gained access to the site by claiming to be a friend of one of the plant’s directors. However, by 1974 when Colonel Patrick Walshe’s unit took over security responsibilities not much had improved as the photographs show.

A number of reports were sent to the Irish Ministry of Defence and Department of Justice but ignored. Col Walshe claims he and another officer were admonished for highlighting the security problems and then his unit was removed from security duties at the plant.

The Sunday Life article claims:

“It is believed explosives from the plant may not only have provided the firepower for the IRA’s early 1970’s bombing campaigns but explosives from the same source, intercepted by the British security forces, had been used on the UVF bomb attacks on Dublin and Monaghan.

Pictures by Colonel Patrick Walshe (retd)