Belfast Telegraph

Bomb team call-outs at 32-year high

Irish Army bomb experts have experienced their highest number of call-outs for more than three decades.

In the latest incident, they have made an improvised explosive device safe in Dublin.

The Defence Forces team were called to the scene at a private home on Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin, at around 2pm.

The device, described as viable, was made safe without any need for a controlled explosion.

"The device has been removed to a military installation for further examination, following which it will be handed over to the gardai," said a Defence Forces spokesman. The scene was declared safe at 3.15pm.

The incident marked the 236th call-out for the Defence Forces bomb disposal experts this year.

It was the 55th viable explosive device made safe.

The past year was the highest annual number of call-outs for the bomb disposal teams since 1979, the Defence Forces spokesman said.

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