More than 10% of suspected devices found in Limerick this year

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

The army bomb disposal unit at a previous incident in Limerick city
LIMERICK had the second-highest number of ‘viable devices’ found by the Defence Forces’ army disposal unit this year, according to figures recently released by the Department of Defence.

LIMERICK had the second-highest number of ‘viable devices’ found by the Defence Forces’ army disposal unit this year, according to figures recently released by the Department of Defence.

Released by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney in the Dáil, out of the 10 call-outs that were made by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams in Limerick, five devices were deemed to be “viable”.

Thirteen viable devices were dealt with in Dublin, which is the highest in the country, out of 41 call-outs by the disposal teams, so far this year. There were more call-outs by the army disposal unit in Cork and Louth, with 12 incidents each recorded this year.

Minister Coveney stated that the Defence Forces responds to requests by the gardaí to investigate incidents.

An Army Engineer Specialist Search Team and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team was deployed by the Defence Forces to assist with a planned search in county Limerick - near Meanus - earlier this month.

Two devices were found and were confirmed by the Army Bomb Disposal Team as viable, before being rendered safe at the scene and removed to a secure military location for further analysis. The items were understood to be linked to dissident republicans.