Dundalk as it Happens
Army bomb disposal unit safely remove suspect device from Aisling Park
The army bomb disposal unit last night removed a suspect device from the garden of a home in Aisling Park in Cox’s Demesne.
The alert was raised around 5.45pm when the suspicious device, reported to be a pipe bomb, was noticed by a passer-by.
Gardaí subsequently closed off part of the Ard Easmuinn/Ecco Road from the Clan na Gael football field to its junction with the Castletown Road.
The bomb squad subsequently arrived on the scene shortly after 9pm where the suspect device and a number of other items were removed from the scene. The items have been taken to a secure facility where examinations will be carried out to determine if they were viable or not.
A total of 18 homes were evacuated as a precaution throughout the operation.
Gardaí are investigating whether or not the incident is linked to the discovery of a burned out car at nearby Tateetra shortly before 6pm last night.
This resulted in the closure of the Bellewsbridge Road in Dundalk at the M1 flyover. While the Ecco Road reopened last night, the Bellewsbridge Road will remain closed until around 9am this morning. Diversions are in place via the Mill Road and Castletown Road.