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Detectives say dissidents have been dealt a "very significant" setback

Several handguns, a sawn-off shotgun and an AK47 were seized, along with bomb-making material.

A DEFENCE FORCES bomb squad was called in to assist gardaí today, after detectives uncovered a massive stash of weapons and bomb-making material in Dublin raids.

The latest crackdown on dissident republicans has been ongoing since yesterday.

Premises in East Wall, Ballymun and Cloughran were searched — and gardaí uncovered a number of semi automatic pistols, a sawn-off shotgun and an AK47 assault rifle.

“Gardaí also discovered bomb making material at one of the location’s where the assistance of the Army  Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was sought in order to render the area safe,” a statement said.

“A controlled explosion was also carried out.”

The locations have all been examined by forensics experts.

A senior garda detective at the scene described the seizures as “very significant” and “a major setback against the criminal and subversive activities of  dissident republicans”.

Two men in their 50s have been arrested. They’re being questioned at Mountjoy and Coolock  garda stations.

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