Bomb found beside historic monument
GARDAI were last night trying to establish if a viable bomb left beside a monument to the Duke of Wellington in a country town was a deliberate attempt to blow it up.
The device was found at the monument, a short walk from the town centre in Trim, Co Meath, after 1am yesterday.
Gardai last night appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
The monument was built in 1817 as a tribute to Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the battle of Waterloo, who was born in Trim. He later became prime minister of the UK.
The improvised explosive device was discovered after a member of the public heard a loud noise and saw a flash.
The alert was raised and gardai called in an Army Bomb Disposal Team.
The device was removed to a safe area in the town and a controlled explosion was carried out.
The scene was declared safe about 5.30am. The remains of the bomb were then handed over to the gardai for forensic examination.