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Ireland. 2009 ‘Law Enforcement/Criminalisation.’ National Report of Ireland on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations. 1 January
Between 2008 and 2009 the Customs Division of the Revenue Commissioners has seen an increase, not only in the level of firearms and components detections, but also in the level of non-lethal weapons such as stungun and gas devices as well as an increasing link between firearms and explosives.
In December 2009 a controlled delivery of stunguns led to the detection of a viable explosive device during a follow-up search.
In July 2009 a search of large quantity of chemicals which could be used in the production of chemical explosives such as triacetone triperoxide (TATP).
In August 2009 Customs also seized a highly modified rifle being imported from Germany by a licensed firearms dealer. The import license application had described a standard semiautomatic rifle but the imported gun was in fact a restricted firearm.
The majority of detections made originated in either the EU or USA, however there have been an increasing number of detections of military specification optical sighting mechanisms, particularly nightsights, from Eastern Europe and Ukraine.