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How to... dismantle a suspicious device

This morning’s security alert near Connolly Station is just one of many recent dramas in Dublin so here’s how to know when one is happening near you…

Image: Brian O'Leary/Photocall Ireland

THERE WAS A security alert on Amiens Street in Dublin’s north inner city this morning.

Connolly Station was evacuated and the street cleared as gardai and the Army bomb disposal unit checked out a suspicious device. It turned out to be a non-viable device. An area nearby at Talbot Street was sealed off as the Army dealt with a suspicious device there on Sunday.

With a number of similar security alerts in and around the capital in the past few months, it’s worth knowing exactly what’s going on when you come across one.

Brian O’Leary of Photocall Ireland was on hand to chart the morning’s drama:

How to... dismantle a suspicious device
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  • Get gardai to start diverting traffic. Buy a better checkpoint sign.

  • Explain the situation to rail passengers and evacuate

  • Call in the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit

  • Unload some heavy-duty equipment

  • Divert the occasional bystander

  • Lead the bomb disposal robot to the scene

  • Manoeuvre it closer

  • Get the show back on the road

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