13 Jan 2015 -Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Safe a Viable Device.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mullingar in the early hours of this morning.

After a request from the Gardaí­, the Army Bomb Disposal Team deployed to a residential area in Ardilaun, Mullingar. The team arrived on scene at 3 am. A cordon and traffic restrictions were put in place for public safety, while a number of nearby houses were evacuated.

The suspect item was removed to a safe military location for further testing and the scene was declared safe at 4 am. The device was later determined to have been viable.

All items of an evidential nature will be handed over to the Gardaí­ to assist them with their investigation.

There have been 5 requests for Army Bomb Disposal assistance so far this year, however this is the first to a viable device. Last year, there were 141 call outs to 52 viable devices.

Press Release Date: Tuesday 13 January 2014

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