Grenade, home-made bombs defused in Dublin

 

A hand grenade and a home-made bomb have been made safe after being discovered in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Army bomb disposal experts were called after the devices were found on open ground near Greenfort Park, Lucan this afternoon.

A Defence Forces spokesman said they were dismantled on the scene and declared safe at 5.30pm. The remains were handed over to the Garda for examination.

Earlier today, Army bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a pipe bomb hidden underneath a car in west Dublin.

Gardaí were alerted to the device at Blackditch Road in Ballyfermot at around 8.30am.

The Army said it made safe "a viable improvised explosive device" that was found under the car. A controlled explosion was carried out and the scene was declared safe at 11.30am.

Sinn Féin's justice spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh condemned the Ballyfermot incident, which he described as "absolutely reprehensible behaviour from a small minority of unrepresentative thugs".

The Ballyfermot based TD added: "The indiscriminate planting of a viable explosive device in a residential area adds a heightened sense of urgency to the community efforts to stamp out this sort of criminality."