Published Tuesday, 18 December 2012
A member of the dissident group used Facebook to learn the solider's movements. (© Getty)
According to the Irish Independent newspaper, a member of the Continuity IRA had been detailed to target the soldier, who is in his 20s and is from Limerick, and a firearm had been sourced for the task.
The terrorist group intended to kill the soldier as he attended a function in the city this week shortly before he was due to return to his army regiment.
It is believed a member of the group gathered information on the soldier after befriending him on social networking website Facebook.
The man has remained in the UK after being warned by Gardaí of the threat against him.
Police were also aware of a previous threat against him in August, but on that occasion the soldier did not return home.
A local continuity faction in Limerick along with other dissident terrorists based in Dublin are believed to be behind the terror plot.
It is alleged the murder was intended to boost the credibility of the head of the group in Limerick, after his involvement in drug trafficking and criminality damaged his reputation in the eyes of other senior dissident figures.
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