Pipe bomb found in drive against gangland crime
A PIPE bomb was made safe yesterday evening after it was found in the centre of a residential neighbourhood.
The explosive device was found at the rear of a derelict home in Moyross, Limerick, at around 10am yesterday by gardai investigating organised crime in the city.
Drugs were also found near the bomb in the Cliona Park estate in the northside suburb.
Officers from Mayorstone garda station backed up by gardai from the divisional search team were taking part in a series of planned searches in the area when they found the device.
Nobody was living in the home and the property, which is located in an area under the remit of Limerick Regeneration Agencies, had been boarded up.
Gardai said the device could have had a devastating impact had it detonated.
The discovery was made less than 24 hours after chief executive officer of the Regeneration Agencies, Brendan Kenny, admitted to the Irish Independent that derelict houses in some Limerick estates continued to pose a threat to children's health and safety.
"There is always a fear that children will go into these houses," he said.
The Defence Force's army bomb disposal team examined the pipe bomb before making it safe at a secure location.
The remains of the bomb will be sent for forensic examination.