Army Diffuse 'Viable' Device

An Army Bomb Disposal Team has made safe a "crude" improvised explosive device (IED) in the Johnsgate Village area of Limerick City early on Friday morning.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived at the scene at 1.30am. The device was made safe at the scene and the area was declared safe at 2.45am. The remains of the device have been handed over to the Gardai for their investigations.

A spokesman for the Army said it was the 32nd call out for Army Bomb Disposal Teams in the year to date and the second viable IED they have made safe.

At all times voters were facilitated with pedestrian access to the nearby polling station at Faythe National school.

On Wednesday, at approximately 12.30pm, an object described as an historical shell was discovered in the back of a shed in the Faythe area in Wexford town.

In the interest of public safety an exclusion areas has been put in place around the house and residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated purely as a precaution. Traffic restrictions were in place in the areas for a short time.

The army bomb disposal team was also requested to make safe a quantity of detonators earlier this month at the site of an earlier accident at the Lisheen mine in Tipperary.

On February 4, the team was requested to attend the scene by the Gardai, following an explosion at the mine.

A quantity of detonators was removed from the scene and destroyed in three controlled explosions.

Meanwhile, there's an ongoing security alert in progress in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

It has been underway all day at Brokerstown Road in the town - which has been closed to traffic as Army bomb experts attend at the scene.


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