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Pipe bomb scare at 'halfway house' for released prisoners

ARMY bomb disposal experts have dealt with a viable homemade bomb at a 'halfway house' in south Dublin.

The device, believed to be a pipe bomb, was found last night at a premises in Ranelagh that accommodates prisoners recently released from jail.

The alarm was raised by an employee who found the suspected improvised explosive device in the building on Oakley Road. The building was evacuated and Gardai called in an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.


They arrived at the scene at 8.50pm, "rendered the object safe and removed it to a secure military installation for further examination and forensic exploitation," the Defence Forces said. No controlled explosion was carried out.

"On initial examination, it appears to contain all the components of a viable IED," the Army said in a statement.

The scene was declared safe at 9.25pm and the team returned to base. It was the second call out for Army bomb disposal experts in Dublin in 24 hours. On Sunday night, they carried out a controlled explosion on a hoax device placed under a car at York Street in the south city.