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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Garda station evacuated after man arrives with 'suspected pipe bomb'

The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Finglas Garda station was evacuated

Ken Foy

Finglas Garda station in Dublin was evacuated this afternoon after a man arrived at the station with a suspected pipe bomb.

The incident, which happened shortly before 3.30pm this afternoon, led to all gardai being evacuated from the station.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 3.40 pm where they conducted an assessment of the device.

The device was made safe at the scene and has now been removed for further examination and exploitation at a secure military location.

The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

The scene was declared safe at 5pm.

The cordon and local traffic diversions have been lifted and Finglas Garda Station has reopened to the public. A garda investigation into the matter is continuing.

The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

It is understood that the man found the suspect device near his home and brought it to the garda station.

A source has said that early indications suggest that the device, which had wires sticking out of it, is viable.

Gardai said in a statement: "The scene at Finglas Garda Station was made safe at 5pm.

"A device was recovered and removed by Army EOD for further examination and assessment. The cordon and local traffic diversions have been lifted and Finglas Garda Station has reopened to the public.

The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station this afternoon. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

"A Garda investigation into the matter is continuing."

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock praised the gardai and our defence forces.

Deputy Rock said: "Incidents such as this show the real and present danger that gardaí and the army are facing every day.

"I understand the army are down on the scene now and hopefully everybody emerges safe and unharmed.

"It’s important that members of the public know that this isn’t the safest way to handle this sort of incident.

"If you find a device you believe to be explosive, that you contact the gardaí in the first instance.”

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