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Device left in porch of south Dublin house had potential to kill

A number of houses in the area were evacuated today as the Defence Forces carried out a controlled explosion.

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Image: Irish Defence Forces via Flickr

AN ARMY BOMB disposal team rendered safe a viable improvised device in the Bawnlee area of Tallaght, south Dublin, this afternoon.

The Defence Forces said a team was deployed in response to a request from gardaí after a suspect device was placed inside the porch of a private residence.

The team arrived on scene at 3.45pm and examined the device in situ. A cordon was put in place and gardaí evacuated some nearby houses for public safety. The team leader opted to remove the suspect device to a nearby green area where it was subsequently rendered safe by means of a controlled explosion.

On further examination, the device was declared a viable IED which the Defence Forces said means it “had all the component parts to initiate and cause serious injury or loss of life”. The scene was declared safe at 4.30pm and the team have now returned to base.

The remains of the device will now be handed over to gardaí to assist them with their investigation.

This is the 250th call out of 2013 and the 81st viable device dealt with by the Defence Forces this year. Teams will remain on standby throughout the Christmas period.

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