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Army disarms "deadly, full-size bomb" on eve of Giro's arrival...

 

Anti-terrorist detectives in Dublin uncovered a huge bomb that was primed and ready to be detonated on Saturday night, leading to speculation that the bombers’ intended target was stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia, which arrived in Dublin on Sunday.

"This was a deadly, full-size bomb which had been wired up and ready for imminent use. If it had gone off it would have caused total devastation," a source told the Irish Independent.

The bomb was concealed in a milk churn in a car in the car park of the Finnstown Country House hotel in Lucan, Co Dublin. It contained 50lb of explosives made from fertiliser and had a timer attached.

The device was found after a 999 call to gardai at about 8.40pm on Saturday night.

Dissident republicans are suspected of transporting the bomb from Belfast to Dublin recently. It is believed the device was going to be moved from the Lucan car park to its intended target.

Although a man with links to the Real IRA has been arrested, it has not been confirmed that the Dublin finish of stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia was the target. But security sources believe that the bombers may have planned to stage a city centre atrocity to attract worldwide attention.

With hundreds of thousands of fans lining the streets of Dublin for the Giro and a worldwide audience estimated at up to 125 million, an attack on the race would certainly have fulfilled that aim.

According to security sources, the device, made safe by an Army Bomb Squad, was fitted with a Timer Power Unit, a hallmark of all major IRA bombs. Also known as a "safe to arm" switch, the TPU can be set to detonate at a given time, which can range from a few hours to several days or even months after it is set.

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jason.timothy.jones [293 posts] 1 year ago
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madness....fucking madness

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Paul J [839 posts] 1 year ago
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It'd be very, very hard to see why dissident republicans would want to set off a bomb in Dublin. There's only every once been a bombing in Dublin, in the 60s, and that was set off by unionists.

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Paul J [839 posts] 1 year ago
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Oops, forgot: there was another bomb that went off. The IRA blew the top off Nelson's column in O'Connell st - seen as a symbol of English dominion. Was reasonably expertly done, with minimal damage other than to the column. The Irish army then went to finish the demolition and blew up the remaining stump, and took out every window in O'Connell St, the story goes.  3

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kcr [106 posts] 1 year ago
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The bomb doesn't have to be detonated, though. It can be put in place, and then phoned in by the terrorists with plenty of time to safely defuse it. They still cause massive chaos, potentially force the race to be cancelled and get maximum publicity.
Thankfully this one has been caught.

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stumps [3186 posts] 1 year ago
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My dad worked in Dublin many many years ago and it was a daily occurrence of bomb threats and that was at the Guiness factory. All the threats were from republicans......

Regardless of who was to blame for this bomb its absolutely disgusting.

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Simmo72 [584 posts] 1 year ago
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Nothing like getting the world on your side by killing citizens from dozens of countries......feckin idiots. Even if it was just a threat it put hundreds of people at risk. These people are sick.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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Christ, I had intended to take my family over. We actually cancelled the ferry and hotels bookings a couple of weeks ago to save money, but this is crazy.

We were originally going to go to Dublin, but then changed to Belfast with the TT and first stage in mind. I'd actually talked to a friend who is from Belfast, she'd said "Ah you'll be fine, the hotels and places you'll be at will be great, you won't even see political graffiti from there" - but I would have expected even less risk down south in Dublin.

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russyparkin [570 posts] 1 year ago
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fuck Ireland. they are their own worst enemies.

the country doesnt deserve to have any high profile events until they can get their house in order.

maybe the 'war on terror' should be brought back from afganistan and a little closer to home?

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The _Kaner [693 posts] 1 year ago
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Finnstown House is not sufficiently close to Dublin to have caused any damage, if that was the intended detonation point, during the Giro. I am not party to any logistics of the accomodation for any team members/affiliates of the race so cannot comment on who a likely target may have been.
Comments made by KCR (above) are the most likely grounds for something of this nature.
But I'd wait to see who claims it and for what purposes it was intended..especially as it was noted as being a fertilizer based device...sounds a bit rudimentary (although just as effective as a scare tactic) in comparison to modern devices....
Just glad it was found/disabled and nobody was hurt.
I work close by, but have not seen any real uptick in gardai patrols etc...who knows...

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WashoutWheeler [29 posts] 1 year ago
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Mindless utterly mindless.

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Paul J [839 posts] 1 year ago
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There's no evidence at this time this bomb was going to be detonated in Dublin. Indeed, there's no evidence at this time it was intended to be detonated at all (back in the day, bombs might be planted, but then a warning given - the bomb wouldn't be detonated, the intention was just to demonstrate the capability).

Further, that someone heard from someone else who briefly worked in Dublin that some factory had regular bomb threats phoned in, doesn't really mean that much. There could be an element of hyperbole to these stories, and there might be an element of naughty kids to whatever parts of it are true.

Bombs being detonated in the south of Ireland has been a very rare occurrence, even in the worst day. Bombs being detonated *anywhere* in Ireland, even in the North, is thankfully very rare these days.

As for idiotic comments on bringing back the war on terror, it's moronic thinking like that that stokes terrorism. It was true in Ireland. It's been proven true again by the UK/US actions in Afghanistan. Dialogue and building understanding between people who otherwise greatly dislike each other, so as to settle differences and find solutions in non-violent ways, is the way forward for building peaceful, civil societies.

The drooling morons who think otherwise are the most dangerous people on this planet, IMO.

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MKultra [394 posts] 1 year ago
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I hate to say this but I think you are wrong.

You can't compare this event with those of the troubles when the PIRA where active and the army council were instructing the bombers to call in a warning. Disruption of daily life was the name of the game then not simply killing people.

The people behind this are the Real IRA loons who refused to engage in the peace process, they were also the same savages behind the Omagh bombing. They would have no compunction in bombing an event south of the border. As far as they are concerned both Ireland and Northern Ireland are targets as they have no love for either government.

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MartyMcCann [194 posts] 1 year ago
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Road.cc- surely the first rule of article writing is not to rely on a single source as has been done here (the Independent.ie story)- most other coverage of the incident not based on that source make no link to the Giro. There are still arms and explosives seizures over here linked to dissidents taking place every now and then-it just so happened that this one coincided with the Giro. After all,when seizures happen in Belfast or Dublin when international soccer and rugby matches are happening, the stories aren't linked.

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 1 year ago
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russyparkin wrote:

fuck Ireland. they are their own worst enemies.

the country doesnt deserve to have any high profile events until they can get their house in order.

maybe the 'war on terror' should be brought back from afganistan and a little closer to home?

Well by that logic there wouldn't be any high profile events over here either would there Russy? Given that all the most recent homegrown terrorist atrocities in the British Isles have happened on this side of the Irish Sea.

Also Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic a separate country, and the alleged bomber is from Northern Ireland - part of the UK. So although the bomber wouldn't like to think of it in these terms we are effectively talking about a British citizen planting a bomb in a foreign country.

The bomb wasn't in the vicinity of the Giro - which is why our story says that the link was merely speculative.

Finally, I'm sure a lot of the Irish users of this site find your opening remark both ignorant and offensive.

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dp24 [201 posts] 1 year ago
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notfastenough wrote:

I'd actually talked to a friend who is from Belfast, she'd said "Ah you'll be fine, the hotels and places you'll be at will be great, you won't even see political graffiti from there" - but I would have expected even less risk down south in Dublin.

We were in Belfast for Stage 1 on Friday. We walked around a fair bit of the city centre, as well as part of the route along the Newtownards Road. At no point did we feel at any 'risk' or even uncomfortable; the people were unfailingly friendly and welcoming. The event was brilliantly organised, and really embraced by the people of the city.

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Edgeley [261 posts] 1 year ago
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Simmo, you should get yourself to Northern Ireland, and see for yourself just how pleasant it is. There are parts of Belfast and (London)Derry that are a bit scary still, and you can certainly find interesting murals in both cities.

But it is a fantastic place with great scenery, nice people and great food. Just needs better weather!

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Paul J [839 posts] 1 year ago
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MKultra, we don't know much about this guy. According to the Indo, their /source/ says he has "links" to RIRA people, however that could apply to a lot of people who aren't necessarily in the RIRA (e.g. PIRA, criminal figures, people's family, etc). Note that newspaper sources aren't always right.

Tony: The man is said by the Indo to be from Dublin's inner city. However, those in the North of Ireland all automatically have claim to Irish citizenship. Note that more than a few people there would dispute they are UK citizens. Which is partly why Irish citizens have close to the same rights (e.g. vote) as UK citizens in UK (UK citizens similarly historically have had stronger rights than other nationals in the south).

The UK and the Republic may technically be separate countries, but they're still more closely joined at the hip than most other neighbouring countries.  3

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Paul J [839 posts] 1 year ago
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I was in Belfast too recently. It's fine. Northern Ireland has made amazing progress in the last 15 - 20 years.

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giff77 [1191 posts] 1 year ago
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russyparkin wrote:

fuck Ireland. they are their own worst enemies.

the country doesnt deserve to have any high profile events until they can get their house in order.

maybe the 'war on terror' should be brought back from afganistan and a little closer to home?

I take great exception to that comment. Both Northern Ireland and the Republic did a grand job on hosting the Giro. There was an amazing buzz about the place. I was back home for it and from the build up to the presentation right through to the peleton hitting Dublin it was incredible. Streets were six and seven deep in places. People with no interest in cycling stood in the rain for hours to see the bunch roll by. In places it didn't matter if it moved or not it was painted pink. This is the third major event that Northern Ireland has successfully hosted. The G8, the world police and fire games being the previous two.

You really cannot tar a collective 5 million odd people with the same brush over the actions of a handful of individuals who do not represent the vast majority of either country. I get the feeling that you are probably one of those individuals who would have branded me as a terrorist due to my having a Belfast accent during the height of the troubles. And your small-minded comment is as bad as the small-mindedness attitudes demonstrated by the dissidents who do not want the country to move on.

I am incredibly proud of my home city over its accomplishment this weekend. As is probably any body else from the north and south. And I am sure that anyone on the forum who travelled to either Belfast or Dublin will echo our sentiments.

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kcr [106 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:

Regardless of who was to blame for this bomb its absolutely disgusting

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

Interesting signature message, in light of your comment...

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stumps [3186 posts] 1 year ago
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kcr wrote:
stumps wrote:

Regardless of who was to blame for this bomb its absolutely disgusting

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

Interesting signature message, in light of your comment...

yeah whatever.

I'm a massive fan of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar himself, hence my signature message and my spqr badge (which is roman as well in case you didn't know). Just because i like them doesn't mean i condone bombs and terrorism, Dave also has a team called vini vidi vici does that mean he is the same ?????????????????

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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Another story to try and keep you scared most probably...

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giff77 [1191 posts] 1 year ago
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Am still in Belfast and the local news is saying that the vehicle was heading north in view of disrupting the elections. The Giro was never the target (or ever going to be) the _Kaner will probably verify this one

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Some Fella [890 posts] 1 year ago
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Does anyone know the RIRA's stance on helmets?
Or Rapha?

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workhard [397 posts] 1 year ago
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giff77 wrote:

Am still in Belfast and the local news is saying that the vehicle was heading north in view of disrupting the elections. The Giro was never the target (or ever going to be) the _Kaner will probably verify this one

I was about to say the same thing.

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arfa [696 posts] 1 year ago
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Probably best to just remember the crowds turning out in their numbers to enjoy a fantastic spectacle rather than speculate and focus on the actions or non actions of a tiny rabid minority. Sport has served to build so many bridges around the world and cycling is no different.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1114 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:
kcr wrote:
stumps wrote:

Regardless of who was to blame for this bomb its absolutely disgusting

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

Interesting signature message, in light of your comment...

yeah whatever.

I'm a massive fan of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar himself, hence my signature message and my spqr badge (which is roman as well in case you didn't know). Just because i like them doesn't mean i condone bombs and terrorism, Dave also has a team called vini vidi vici does that mean he is the same ?????????????????

Its not implying you support terrorism to simply note that that quote is oddly appropriate for the topic of people aiming to bring about political change via violence. I don't think anyone would assume because you have it as a signature you therefore agree 100% with every possible implication of it.

Apparently in Confucian thought also, it was always held that rebellion against legitimate authority was morally wrong and deserving of any punishment the authority deigned to dish out - but that if you successfully overthrew the authority, that itself proved it wasn't in fact legitimate, so therefore your rebellion was retrospectively OK after all! Apparently the communists found that traditional idea very useful.

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Brown dog [40 posts] 1 year ago
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russyparkin wrote:

fuck Ireland. they are their own worst enemies.

the country doesnt deserve to have any high profile events until they can get their house in order.

maybe the 'war on terror' should be brought back from afganistan and a little closer to home?

Is there a admin on this site that can remove offensive and borderline racist comments from this user

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jmaccelari [237 posts] 1 year ago
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russyparkin wrote:

fuck Ireland. they are their own worst enemies.

the country doesnt deserve to have any high profile events until they can get their house in order.

maybe the 'war on terror' should be brought back from afganistan and a little closer to home?

What a prat.

At least in Dublin a soldier can walk down the street without having his head sawn off by some Muslim fundamentalists.

And you say 'fuck them'? You need to look a LOT closer to home...

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jmaccelari [237 posts] 1 year ago
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russyparkin wrote:

fuck Ireland. they are their own worst enemies.

the country doesnt deserve to have any high profile events until they can get their house in order.

maybe the 'war on terror' should be brought back from afganistan and a little closer to home?

What a prat.

At least in Dublin a soldier can walk down the street without having his head sawn off by some Muslim fundamentalists.

And you say 'fuck them'? You need to look a LOT closer to home...

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