A PAIR of pipe bombs found inside the boundary wall of a cemetery are believed to have been dumped there by panicking criminals.
Gardai are satisfied that the devices were not intended for use on the grave of Real IRA faction leader, Alan Ryan, who is buried in the cemetery at Balgriffin in north Dublin.
One of the devices was viable and the other was a hoax. But both were said to have been crudely assembled. Gardai believe the devices were thrown over the wall in haste near a bus stop.
They think the devices were manufactured locally by criminals and were about to be taken elsewhere when the courier panicked and decided to abandon them.
Ryan's grave is located well away from the find and gardai say there is no evidence to suggest a link.
Traffic restrictions were in place on the Malahide to Baldoyle road yesterday afternoon while an Army bomb disposal unit dealt with the viable device.
The device was taken to a safe area and then made safe through a controlled explosion.