Bomb scare precedes royal visit to Ireland

IED found on bus outside Dublin hours before the Queen’s historic tour

The Irish Army has confirmed that an improvised explosive device was found on a bus outside Dublin the night before Queen Elizabeth II’s historic visit. The bomb was discovered late Monday night at a bus stop on the outskirts of Maynooth, about 30 kilometres west of Dublin. According to an Irish military spokesman, a controlled detonation was carried out early Tuesday morning and the area was declared safe by 1:55 a.m. GMT. While Irish president Mary McAleese calls the Queen’s visit “a phenomenal sign of the peace process” with neighbouring Great Britain, there is also strong anti-monarchist opposition. Earlier on Monday, Irish republican dissidents reportedly made a bomb threat, disrupting traffic in the capital city. The visit to Ireland carries a security price tag of over $40 million, with land, air and sea patrols in place to protect the Queen and her husband, Prince Phillip. This is the first time a British monarch has visited the independent Republic of Ireland, a milestone many see as a positive step forward in the relationship of the two countries.

The Guardian

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