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Controlled explosion carried out on “elaborate hoax” device in Fairview

The suspicious device was found earlier this afternoon on Dublin’s northside, just as Queen Elizabeth II was set to touch down in Ireland for visit.

A Garda traffic motorbike holds off traffic into a deserted Fairview during an ongoing security alert there today.
A Garda traffic motorbike holds off traffic into a deserted Fairview during an ongoing security alert there today.
Image: Image courtesy Fabio Venturini

Updated 15:40

THE ARMY’S BOMB disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion on a device in Fairview this afternoon.

The device was described by gardaí as part of an “elaborate hoax”.

The unit was rushed to Fairview to investigate the discovery of a suspicious device.

Fairview Park was closed to pedestrians and Annesley Road and Fairview Strand were closed off to all traffic while the unit attended the scene.

The areas have since reopened.

Captain Pat O’Connor of the Defence Forces Press Office said gardai had requested their attendance at the scene in the past hour.

Dublin Bus tweeted that buses serving Fairview are currently diverted via Ballybough because of “an incident in Fairview”.

The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, has just arrived at Baldonnell aerodrome at noon today for the first day of her four-day trip to Ireland, an historic first for her.

Fairview Park has been the scene of several security alerts in recent years. In 2007, three pipe bombs were dismantled by the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team after the devices were discovered by a man out walking his dog.

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