“it does not raise a concern with me that they have a new supply..”

Police have confirmed that Semtex was used in the weekend attack on officers in County Fermanagh. And Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton is quoted in the BBC report.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton said he did not know where the Semtex had come from, but “for me it looks as if it came from old stocks”. “As far as I am aware it is the first time they have used Semtex. “It does not appear to be new Semtex, so it does not raise a concern with me that they have a new supply of Semtex.” DCC Leighton said he did not know how the plastic explosives ended up in the hands of dissident republicans. “It is significant in the sense that there was Semtex in the explosive charge. It did not go off but there was Semtex there – where it came from I don’t know,” he said. “It is similar to devices that used to be used in the province by other groups.”

And, as well as the Irish Times report, an additional quote from Paul Leighton in the iol report.

“But when it (Semtex) was passed over to different groups, how it came to be in their possession, I don’t know at this point in time.”

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  • Dec

    So what you’re suggesting Pete is that Martin McGuinness supplied it?

  • Dave

    Bombs that don’t detonate, I imagine, are the result of being ‘fixed’ by the security services rather than the result of botched engineering (and it doesn’t take a genius to assemble a few wires). If if there is IS involvement, then, presumably, full decommissioning did not occur.

  • Dave

    Typo: “If there isn’t IS involvement…”

  • iluvni

    but Fr Reid and Rev Goode assured us all the Semtex was destroyed…

    perhaps the inventory should be made public

  • The problem with inventories of the IRA arms dumps is that what was held was compared with an estimate of IRA arms compiled by the British and Irish security services. It is more than plausible that:
    a)there were other smaller arms stashes/dumps
    b)estimations were not accurate therefore was a Grey area in area in regards to actual amounts.

    Considering this is not a ‘new supply’ but Semtex that is already in the system it should not be hard to trace.

  • Skintown Lad

    the old form of semtex apparently loses its plasticity after about 20 years. if this semtex was part of the late 80’s lybian batch that would explain its failure to detonate

  • Beechmount Bill

    When the RIRA Split from the Provo’s under the leadership of McKevitt, he at the time held the position of Chief Quartermaster for the Provo movement.

    I’m sure when he left he had more than a fistfull of green books!

    …or it could be stocks captured by security force raids being used by rogue elements trying to spice up the troubles as they are now bored investigating Shed break ins and traffic congestion…?

  • yawner

    hate to keep reminding you but, ireland unfree shall never be at peace. tiochfaidh ar la

  • Garibaldy

    Maybe you could remind yourself how to speak and spell Irish properly while you’re at it, instead of translating English directly into Irish.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    “Maybe you could remind yourself how to speak and spell Irish properly while you’re at it, instead of translating English directly into Irish.” Ah, the snobbery of gaelic speakers. Moy effin hoo.

    So, tell me, since translating English directly into Irish is such a sin, could you translate the following into Gaelic?

    “The neurosurgeon used the internet to email the hospital to let them know the kidney dialysis machine will be transported by helicopter so that the patient in the intensive care unit can receive the best treatment medical science can offer.”

    And if I can get that in Ulster-scots, too. In fact, if any Ulster Scots speaker can give me the past, present and future tenses of the verb to speak, that would be great.

  • dewi

    Defnyddiodd y niwrosirgwon y We I e-bostio y r ysbyty I adael iddynt wybod y bydd y peiriant dialysis ar y ffordd yn hofrenydd. Bydd y claf mewn yn y r uned gofal brys yn derbyn y triniaeth gorau sydd ar gael gan wyddoniaeth meddygol.

    Suspect Irish just as straightforward.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Unremarkable, half that sentence is in latin. Always strive for accuracy. Whilst the sentiments of ‘tiocfaidh á lá’ are commendable the Irish is not nice. the days of Gaeilge briste are long gone.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    gabh mo leithscéal, tiocfaidh ár lá

  • Pete Baker


    If we could get back to the actual topic?

  • dewi

    Sorry Pete – but a final digresion – the girl who lives in the tescos self service machine finally talked to me in Welsh tonight- I asked her out but she kept on saying – “Naw punt pedwar tri ceiniog” – Wonderful!

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Cuir Gaeilge ar ‘hissy fit’

  • Garibaldy

    Pancho’s Horse,

    That is spelt properly, but still wrong. It fails to convey what it is intended to. As for Billie Joe’s request. No, I won’t translate it. And I if were to, I’d do it loosely (such as not translating directly used the internet to email)

  • Garibaldy

    Fuck sorry Pancho. Didn’t realise you’d done both those posts. Apologies.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    to quote ” moy effin hoo”, Garibaldy.

  • Garibaldy

    Yes i did apologise Pancho.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Was Paul Leighton a DCC in the RUC?

  • Harry Flashman

    Someone told me that ‘Tiocfaidh ar La’ was grammatically incorrect and that it should actually be ‘Tiocfaidh [b]an[/b] La’, not being a Gaelic scholar I can’t possibly comment.

    As regards Paul Leighton I had always thought I remembered him from his time in Derry, on two occasions when I was actually being helpful to a fairly senior RUC officer and his colleagues (no, not in that sort of way, it was during the Clinton visit and the officer was involved in the security arrangements and he was bringing US secret service agents to inspect my work place, I can’t fully recall the other time it involved some young lad who’d got in bother), I found the man in question to be an objectionable character and frankly not someone who would lead the public to give much support to his organisation.

    However when I checked out Mr Leighton’s profile on the PSNI website I see that at the time in question he was actually on secondment in the SE of England. So it can’t have been him then, must have been another peeler who has hopefully since retired.

  • fionn

    I believe Beechmount Bill is correct about Mickey McKevitt leaving with more than a handful of

    And wasn’t the Real IRA attack on MI5 in London carried out with a similar device, also using Semtex?

    Point is, it was removed by that particular bunch of splitters, BEFORE the previous bunch of spltters got around to decommissioning.

    So decommissioning is not the isuue here, again.