Car bomb is a wake-up call for all in the Government
THE discovery of a car bomb is a chilling reminder of the ever-present dangers posed by dissident republican terrorists.
The device, containing 50 pounds of homemade explosives, was found in Lucan by gardai acting on intelligence. It was primed and ready for use.
A similar bomb was found two years ago hidden in the Phoenix Park. It contained 45 pounds of explosives with a kill range of 150 metres.
The main question now is what the terrorists intended doing with this devastating weapon.
News of the find was kept quiet by gardai yesterday, as it coincided with the arrival of the Giro d'Italia in Dublin.
But the initial belief by reliable security sources was that the bomb may have been intended for use in the city to attract maximum world attention.
If it was the case, then it is indeed a chilling development. Such an outrage would seriously damage the country's reputation 16 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
Fortunately, the garda's anti-terrorist squad, the Special Detective Unit, has enjoyed considerable success in thwarting dissident terror gangs.
But if the current underlying lack of morale and resources bedevilling the Garda continues, then the terrorists may enjoy a greater level of success.
An escalation of dissident republican activities would have dire consequences for everyone living on this island.