Thursday 30 April 2015 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Rendered Safe a Viable IED in Co Offaly.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Ballincurra area of Co Offaly this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team after a suspect device was found near a private residence.

A cordon and road closures were put in place for public safety and a small number of nearby houses were evacuated. The team arrived on scene at 2.15 pm.

The device was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion and was taken away for further examination.

It was later confirmed as viable. Items of an evidential nature will be handed over to the Gardaí­ to assist them with their investigation.

The scene was declared safe at 3.15 pm.

Press Release Date: 30th April 2015

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