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'Viable' explosive device made safe by bomb squad in Dublin

The viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found in a home in Finglas in north Dublin this afternoon.

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THE ARMY HAS made safe a viable explosive device found in a home in Finglas this afternoon.

A Bomb Disposal Team was deployed to the private residence after a request from Gardaí who were at the scene.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found outside the building and was made safe by the squad without the need to carry out a controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 4pm – just over one hour after the bomb disposal team arrived at the scene.

The device is now at a military installation for further examination, following which it will be handed over to the Gardaí.

The Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Teams were called out to 236 possible devices last year – the highest number since 1979.

The teams made safe 55 viable IEDs  in 2011 – an average of just over one each week. This was the first call out of the team this year.

2011 sees highest number of bomb disposal call-outs in 32 years >

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