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Dublin-Waterford rail line re-opens after pipe bomb found on track

THE Dublin-Waterford rail line has re-opened at Athy after the discovery of a pipebomb near the track.

Gardai cordoned off the area at 3pm and called in an Army bomb disposal team to defuse the device. The line was reopened at 7.15pm tonight.

It is understood the device did not contain all the components of a viable pipebomb, but more tests are currently being carried out by officers.

It was discovered just a couple of metres from the train line at the back of a housing estate.

Separately, a second pipe bomb has been discovered on the Putland Road in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Army ordnance experts were alerted just after 5.50pm to the device which was found next to a house.

It is also currently being examined by officers.

Meanwhile an army bomb disposal team carried out two controlled explosions on a sophisticated pipebomb discovered under a car in a south Dublin housing estate early today.

The viable device was discovered in a plastic bag at the Carrigwood estate in Firhouse and made safe by officers shortly after 3am this morning.