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Bomb unit called out to viable IED in north Dublin

In a separate incident, an Army team also carried out a controlled explosion at St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park.

AN ARMY BOMB disposal team has made safe a viable explosive device after being called out to north Dublin this afternoon.

The explosives were left outside a private house in the Newbury Heights area of Clonshaugh, Dublin 17, and the Defence Forces arrived on the scene around 2.20pm. Soldiers from the unit were able to make the device safe without a controlled explosion.

At 3pm the area was declared safe. The remains of the device were handed over to gardaí for investigation.

Meanwhile in a second callout, a quantity of the volatile chemical picric acid was destroyed in a controlled explosion after the bomb disposal unit was called to St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park.

Picric acid is routinely used in school and other laboratories, but can deteriorate over time and become unstable. The scene was declared safe at 5.20pm.

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