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Parts made by Irish manufacturer found in Sudan drone - reports

Parts manufactured by a company in Kerry have been found in a drone used to target civilians in South Sudan.

School Pastor Zachariah Boulus stands by a bombed building near the Nuba Mountains
School Pastor Zachariah Boulus stands by a bombed building near the Nuba Mountains
Image: Ryan Boyette/AP/Press Association Images

PARTS MANUFACTURED BY a company in Kerry have been found in a drone used to target civilians in South Sudan, according to the findings of a Channel 4 investigation.

Journalists with Channel 4′s Unreported World, who recently gained unprecedented access to the Nuba Mountains in South Sudan, said that parts of a drone shot down near to the newly-independent country’s border last March bore the words “Made in Ireland” and the name of Kerry-based company, Tillotson, was also found stamped into some debris.

Another part of the unmanned aircraft displayed Farsi words and is believed to have been manufactured in Iran, Stephen Starr reported in the Sunday Business Post this weekend.

Tillotson’s website clearly states that its HR Series Diaphram Carburettor can be used in “military spy drone”.

Irish companies are legally allowed manufacture and sell military equipment, however under UN and European regulations they cannot supply military technology to either Sudan or Iran.

Tillotson, which is based in the Clash Industrial Estate in Tralee, did not return calls from TheJournal.ie.

A spokesperson for Amnesty International Ireland highlighted an upcoming meeting of UN member states in New York this July, where a treaty concerning the regulation of trade in conventional weapons will be discussed.

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