How does the militant Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army get its apparently endless supply of weapons? Tangible evidence has been hard to find, but one speculation has been that the arms come in by sea. On a dark night last week, the Irish navy (all four vessels and 140 men) made a rare catch that proved that speculation well founded.

Just three miles off Helvick Head on the southeast Irish coast, the navy's three minesweepers and a fishery protection vessel trapped a coastal freighter laden with five tons of arms. The...

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