By Eoin Kelleher
RESIDENTS of an estate in Roscrea had to be evacuated from their homes while a viable bomb was exploded only a few hundred meters from where they lived, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
An Army Bomb Disposal Team was called in to explode what a Defence Forces spokesman called a “viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED)” at the Cois Carrig estate, in the Grange area of Roscrea.
The Defence Forces deployed the team to Cois Carrig following a request from local Gardai. The team arrived on scene at 2.45am and examined the device which was located near a vehicle. The area had been cordoned off and some evacuation of residents was necessary for safety.
The viable IED was made safe by means of controlled explosion at the site, and the scene was declared safe at 4.40am and the team returned to base. This was the 70th call out of an Army Bomb Disposal Team in 2012 and the 22nd viable IED made safe so far this year.
Roscrea Gardaí are investigating the matter. A Garda spokesperson said they do not suspect any paramilitary connection, or that it is linked to any local feuding.