The army bomb disposal unit and gardai at the scene in Rathkeale after the discovery of a 'suspect device' Picture: Michael Cowhey
THE DEFENCE forces have now made safe an ‘improvised explosive device’ which was found in a West Limerick town this Wednesday morning.
The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team to Rathkeale, following a request from An Garda Síochána this morning, due to the discovery of a ‘suspect device’. The bomb squad arrived on the scene at 12:17pm.
A garda source said that the device was found “at the rear of an unoccupied house” in the town.
“To ensure public safety, a number of houses and local businesses were evacuated and a cordon was put in place for the duration of the operation,” said a spokesperson for the Defence Forces.
The device was removed to a secure military installation for further examination at 2:06pm. “Any items of an evidential nature will be handed over to An Garda Síochána to assist them with their investigations,” added the spokesperson.
The town was closed off while gardai and the bomb team dealt with the homemade device. The local doctor's surgery in the town was also evacuated, and people were told to move to a safe location.
Main Street in Rathkeale was closed between Castlematrix and the fire station for the afternoon, because of the operation, but it has since re-opened.