Police arrested 6 people on May 13 who were believed to be preparing to kill Prince Charles and wife Camilla during their visit to Ireland on May 19, according to the Mirror.
A nationwide crackdown resulted in the arrests of the suspects, including two from the Glenfarne area of Leitrim, Ireland who are allegedly linked to the IRA.
Twenty different locations around the country were swooped by police and improvised bombs as handguns were seized in Louth, Wexford and Dublin.
An Garda Síochána, the national police service of Ireland, has confirmed that two people have been arrested. “Two males in their 20s were arrested at the scene and are currently detained,” said a Garda spokesman.
Prince Charles is expected to arrive in Mullaghmore Ireland to pay tribute to his great uncle Lord Mountbatten, who was killed in 1979 by the IRA who placed a bomb in his fishing boat.
The IRA was established in 1969 and fights in favour of the ideology of Irish Republicanism (uniting Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland). It is well known for involvement in criminal activities such as bombings, assassinations, smuggling and robberies.
The group officially condemns sectarianism and sectarian attacks, despite its members being involved in the killing of many protestants and catholics during the periods of 1975-1976, including the Kingsmill massacre.
Tension inside the group led to splintering and when the Provisional IRA declared ceasefire in 1997, the New IRA came into being.
The New IRA still believes that Northern Ireland should be united with the south and continues to undertake violent attacks, generally targeting soldiers and police officers.
British Prince’s “black spider” letters exposed
Meanwhile, earlier yesterday the “Black spider” letters written by Prince Charles to several British government departments were released following a 10-year long Freedom of Information legal battle.
The letters were dubbed the “Black Spider” letters due to the scrawled handwriting they were written in. They were penned between September 2004 and April 2005 and were released after the conclusion of the legal battle between The Guardian newspaper and the government.
The 27 letters exchanged between the Prince of Wales and several government figures were in relation to various subjects including inadequate army equipment, the dominance of supermarkets, restrictions on the herbal medicine sector, badger culling and the welfare of the “Patagonian Toothfish.”
In one of the letters by Prince Charles to the then-prime minister Tony Blair, he said that British forces were “being asked to do an extremely challenging job without the necessary resources.”
Tony Blair replied to the letter a month later stating the he found the letter “constructive and thought provoking,”.
In another letter that Charles wrote in 2004 to then-environment minister Elliot Morley, he expressed his concerns over “illegal fishing of the Patagonian Toothfish.”
“Until that trade is stopped, there is little hope for the poor old albatross, for which I shall continue to campaign,” said Charles.
Prince Charles, has spent a lifetime preparing for the throne, however, his tendency to make his views public has raised questions on whether he is ready to take over.