Friday, December 09, 2005


'Republicans' attempt to bomb Dublin

Gardaí investigating the discovery of an explosive device in a car on the M50 motorway in Dublin last night believe it may be linked to a campaign by the Continuity IRA against drug dealers in Dublin city.

The bomb was discovered when gardaí stopped and searched the vehicle travelling northbound near the West Link Toll Plaza (pictured left) shortly after 10pm.

When gardaí confronted the driver of the car, he jumped out and warned them that there was a bomb in the car and that it was primed.

An Army Explosives Ordance Disposal team was called in following the discovery of the device and a controlled explosion was carried out.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene while a 56-year-old man was arrested later in Ronanstown. Both men were being held at Clondalkin Garda Station.

A section of the motorway between the Blanchardstown and Palmerstown exits was closed for four hours while the operation was continuing.

Commenting on the incident today, Justice Minister Michael McDowell said those implicated in the M-50 bomb find last night were spitting on the word "republic".

Speaking this afternoon in Neilstown, Dublin, he accepted that this was a serious development. However, he rejected claims that gang feuds in the city were spiralling out of control.

The minister said last night’s incident showed that all paramilitaries really were criminals at heart.

He went on to say that those who provided the bomb claimed to be republican. He said: "they are spitting on the word "republic" and are besmirching the Irish Flag."

I personally find this a sickening development. These so-called Republicans have now taken to bombing the capital of their Republic. How very noble of them.

I agree with the Minister that they are spitting on the word republic but I disagree with him when he says that the gang feuds in Dublin are not spiralling out of control. They clearly are!

There have been more killings in recent weeks and months in Dublin than in the North. Even though it is drug gangs that are involved, murder is still murder.

I want to know what the Justice Minister is planning to do about this as we are now seeing bombs being brought into the equation.

Something needs to be done quick before innocent civilians get injured or worse.


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