The Defence Forces is finishing up an investigation into the alleged theft of weapons elements from Military shops.
Army police, with the help of the Garda, have been analyzing the matter for the final a number of months, The Irish Instances understands.
A whole lot of pages of paperwork have been examined, together with the data of weapons and their elements being signed out and again in. No arrests have been made so far and inquiries are ongoing.
A report by the Army Police is because of be finalised within the close to future for the Defence Forces’ senior management and the Division of Defence.
It’s perceive the Garda turned concerned on foot of a request by the Defence Forces. Investigations of alleged crimes on army property are sometimes dealt with by the Army Police but it surely has the choice of going to the Garda for help with severe offences.
A Defence Forces spokeswoman mentioned it “has no comment to make in relation to this matter”.
The Division of Defence didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The Defence Forces retains a big array of small arms, ammunition and explosives in shops across the nation. These embrace assault rifles, pistols, grenades and numerous varieties of rockets and mortars.
Weapons and weapon elements have gone lacking from army bases previously. A number of years in the past gardaí discovered a army issued non-lethal grenade in a home in Kildare throughout a medication search.
In 2009, coaching weapons, together with clean rounds of ammunition, flares, coaching grenades and a pellet gun have been stolen from Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick.
In 1973, a high-powered common function machineg gun was stolen from Clancy Barracks in Dublin and was believed to have been bought to the Official IRA. The incident resulted within the dishonourable discharge of Army Police Corporal Michael Donnelly.
Mr Donnelly denied any wrongdoing and fought his dismissal so far as the Supreme Courtroom, which ultimately dominated towards him.