Gang left pipebomb at rail line
Gardai believe homemade device had been hidden for future use
A PIPEBOMB hidden just feet from a busy railway bridge in a Dublin suburb was left there by a criminal gang, detectives believe.
Thousands of DART and mainline rail passengers had their travel plans disrupted when the homemade device was found at the bottom of a wall between the railway line and a narrow footpath on the old Dun Laoghaire road near Monkstown, Co Dublin.
The bridge, which is 300 metres from the Salthill/ Monkstown DART stop, passes over the train line and is regularly used to access Dun Laoghaire's west pier, a popular walking spot.
The device was just feet from the tracks but gardai believe it was not designed to be detonated at that location but was being hidden by a criminal gang for use elsewhere. It contained explosives and a detonator, but was not armed.
A bypasser spotted the device from the bridge and alerted the gardai, who sealed off the area and called in the Army bomb disposal team.
The bomb was made safe at around 2.50pm and was later handed over to gardai for forensic examination.
Gardai were forced to close the road -- one of the main routes into the city from the south suburbs -- for a number of hours.
Leah Murphy, who works in the nearby Purty Kitchen bar and restaurant, told the Irish Independent that a lot of people typically passed by the spot where the bomb was found.
"It was about 12.30pm when my manager told us there was a suspected bomb near the DART station," she said.
"It is a bit scary as that DART line is always very busy. There is also a sailing school near this stop in Dun Laoghaire."
Irish Rail was forced to cancel all DART services in both directions between Lansdowne Road and Dalkey, and passengers using the Dublin to Rosslare train service were forced to take bus transfers.
More than 5,000 passengers were affected before services resumed at 3.20pm.
Detectives are now examining which criminal gang may have been planning to use the bomb.