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Sixty-year-old 'loner' questioned over IED found on bus in Maynooth

The man is not believed to have any connections to dissident republicanism. A viable device was discovered on board a bus on Monday prior to the Queens visit.

The Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth where the incident occurred last Monday (File photo)
The Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth where the incident occurred last Monday (File photo)
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GARDAÍ ARE CONTINUING to question a 60-year-old man arrested in connection with the explosive device discovered on board a bus in Maynooth in the lead-up to the Queen’s visit.

Gardaí believe the man has no connections with dissident republicanism but was known as a ‘loner’ – reports the Belfast Telegraph – who had been quizzed about previous incidents.

Last Monday, an Army Bomb Disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion at a bus stop outside the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth after an IED was found in the luggage compartment of a private bus travelling from Ballina to Dublin.

The man was arrested in Longford yesterday and is also being questioned about a possible link to other bomb-alerts in recent weeks which turned out to be hoaxes.

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