Tuam man jailed for five years on explosives and gun charges

A Galway man has been jailed for five years at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for possessing explosives and a gun.

Thomas Hughes (40 ), An Tuairin, Dublin Road, Tuam, pleaded guilty to possession of a 6mm revolver without a firearms certificate at his home on January 26 last.

The father-of-three also admitted possession of an explosive substance, ammonium nitrate, at One Hundred Acres, Monivea, Athenry, on the same date.

Det Insp Gerard Roche said Hughes was arrested after a Garda inquiry into the manufacture and movement of explosives by republican dissidents in Galway.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said this was a tragic case, as the accused was an otherwise “blameless” hard-working man who had pleaded guilty to a serious offence.

Although Hughes was involved in moving 125kg of explosive substances, evidence that his offending was “entirely out of character” had been noted.

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