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Viable device made safe at Dublin hotel

The Defence Forces made the device safe without the need for a controlled explosion.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Updated 19.55

GARDAÍ AND DEFENCE Forces were called to make safe a viable device at a hotel in Lucan.

The Finnstown House hotel was evacuated last night as a Defence Forces Explosive Ordinances Disposal unit was called when a pipe bomb was found in the car park.

A Defence Forces spokesperson confirmed to that the the bomb squad had been in attendance from 11.30pm to 3.30am and that the device was made safe without the need for a controlled explosion.

It was, however, confirmed that the device was viable and capable of causing damage.

Gardaí evacuated the premises, a spokesperson said, as gardaí from Lucan and Ronanstown attended the scene.

Gardaí are continuing their investigations into the incident.

A hotel spokesperson did not wish to comment.

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