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Pipe bomb explodes at family's front door

A pipe bomb exploded at the front door of a family home as part of a bitter dispute in north Dublin.

Our photo shows the damage caused to the door of the home of Margaret Maughan at the Jugback Green estate in Swords this week.

The incident was noticed by Ms Maughan when she arrived back home earlier on Tuesday night and was then reported to gardai the following day.


Nobody was injured in the incident.

Sources say that the attack is linked to a campaign of terror against the Maughan family, which was first highlighted in this newspaper in mid- September.

A relative of Margaret's, Philomena Maughan (61), was in bed in her home in nearby Castlegrange Close when masked thugs smashed windows in her house and threw paint at the property.

At the time, Philomena Maughan, a great-grandmother, called for the violence to stop before somebody was badly injured or killed.

In another incident, on September 11, a van was torched outside the home of another relative, John Maughan, in Mooretown Avenue.

Two days later, the three hooded and masked men were seen smashing the windows and front door of Philomena's house before fleeing.

The vandals threw paint and bottles at the front of the house.

The following night Mr Maughan's house in Mooretown was attacked again when two men were seen throwing a pipe bomb at the front door.