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Saturday 24 August 2019

Pipe bomb concerns for residents after device found in drive

Bomb disposal unit attended
Bomb disposal unit attended

GardaI have confirmed that a pipe bomb was found in a northside Dublin suburb.

Concerned residents contacted gardai after they found a suspicious object in the driveway of a home at Shanliss Walk in Santry, Dublin 9, at around 9am on Thursday.

The object consisted of a metal pipe and the area was evacuated.

The Army's bomb disposal unit was called to investigate the suspect device and arrived at 10.10am.

Access to the area was cut off and nearby buildings evacuated.

"One improvised explosive device was identified, made safe and was removed for further examination," said a Defence Forces spokesperson.

The Defence Forces then left at 12.10pm.

"Should members of the public encounter suspicious items, or hazardous substances, they are advised to maintain a safe distance and inform An Garda Siochana," the spokesperson added.

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Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has called for more garda resources in the wake of the incident.

"This is the second incident this week that has taken place in the Santry community," he said.

"I was recently informed that a petrol bomb was thrown at a property in the area in a case of mistaken identity."

He called on Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to allocate further resources to Ballymun and Santry garda stations.

"I have spoken to many residents in the area and crime and the safety of the community is always one of the first topics that is raised with me," he said.

"I share their concerns and I am willing to work with the superintendent in Ballymun to secure any resources needed for the area, but ultimately, this decision lies with the garda commissioner.

"Ballymun and Santry need action now. I believe resources need to be given to these areas."

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