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Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has welcomed the uncovering of a cache of weapons in Jerrettspass as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into organised crime.

Mr Irwin said, “This very clearly shows the criminality that is bubbling under the surface in Northern Ireland and the resources at the disposal of organised criminals. I welcome this operation by the NCA and it certainly proves just how vital an organisation the National Crime Agency is and how important its role is in Northern Ireland.”

He continued, “It is worth remembering that the operation of the NCA in Northern Ireland was opposed for some time by Sinn Fein and the SDLP and when you understand the work the NCA is involved in, busting organised criminal networks, there can be no doubt as the necessity of this important UK anti-crime agency operating deeply in Northern Ireland.”

He concluded, “This operation has removed ‘killer capacity’ from organised crime in Northern Ireland and I wish the NCA more success in the days ahead as they confront the criminal underworld in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.”