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Irish police raid Dublin house of republican home

The paths of several of the world’s best-known armed groups, including Eta and the Colombian Farc movement, converged at a Dublin house yesterday after police and explosives experts searched the home of James Monaghan, a republican wanted by Colombia for training rebel guerrillas.

Two people were being held last night after police investigating a bomb planted near the headquarters of the Shell oil company in Dublin two months ago raided the house on Tuesday.

The arrests came on the same day that a Spanish judge issued a European arrest warrant for a former member of the Basque armed separatist group Eta, Iñaki de Juana Chaos, who is also believed to have given the address of the house in Abbeyfield Road when applying for a passport at the Spanish embassy in Dublin in September.

Neither Monaghan nor De Juana Chaos is thought to have been detained.

The two people in custody could be held for up to 72 hours under Ireland’s Offences Against the State Act, which is used for terrorism and other serious crimes, a police spokesman said.

Two other people arrested during the raid were released without charges.

“The army explosive ordnance disposal team were called … following arrests that were made at the house,” the police spokesman said.

“Two people are still being detained at stations in Dublin.”

The Irish army said a suspect device found at Abbeyfield Road had turned out to be a hoax.

The Irish police believe a bomb left outside Shell’s Dublin headquarters in September was part of a protest against a gas pipeline project in Co Mayo, in the west.

The bomb was defused. Experts described it as “crude and highly dangerous”.

The so-called Corrib pipeline is expected to bring up to 28bn cubic metres (1 trillion cubic feet) of gas ashore from a field about 50 miles from the coast over the next 20 years. Shell says it will cover up to 60% of Ireland’s gas needs.

Monaghan, now 61, was arrested in Colombia, along with Martin McCauley and Niall Connolly, in 2001.

They fled the country before a court imposed a 17-year sentence on them in 2004.

An extradition request was turned down because Colombia has no extradition treaty with Ireland.

Monaghan was once named as a senior IRA man by a Democratic Unionist, Peter Robinson, using absolute privilege in the Northern Ireland assembly. Eta reportedly put the men in contact with Farc.

De Juana Chaos was released in August after serving 21 years in Spanish jails for killing 25 people and then making threats in newspaper articles he wrote from his prison cell.

On Tuesday a Spanish judge issued a European arrest warrant for him after he failed to turn up at court to answer allegations that, in a letter read out in his name at a rally after his release, he had urged Basque separatists to continue Eta’s 40-year campaign of violence.

The judge said that Interpol believed he was in the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland and was using a false identity.

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