Bomb scare in Athy

THE army bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device that was found outside a house on Hollands Avenue in Athy last Friday night, February 10.

THE army bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device that was found outside a house on Hollands Avenue in Athy last Friday night, February 10.

Gardaí were called to the scene shortly before midnight and the surrounding area was immediately cordoned off. The suspicious device, which had wires coming from it, was located on the window sill.

Sgt Tom Harte of Athy Garda Station confirmed the device was inspected by members of the Gardaí at around 12am and they in turn requested the attendance of the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

“The device was examined by members of the Army EOD team and a controlled explosion was carried out,” he said. “The remains of the device are being forwarded to the Garda Technical Bureau for technical examination.” The incident was later declared an elaborate hoax, according to the Garda Press Office.

Some residents living in close proximity to the site were evacuated.

Local councillor Aoife Breslin, who lives in the estate, said the incident was deeply disturbing.

“Any incident of this nature is deeply disturbing. It is a residential area, a quiet area and that type of behaviour is totally unacceptable, given the amount of resources, from Gardai, army, fire service, that was deployed as well.

“Serious questions need to be answered. What does it relate to? Neighbourhoods need to be extra viligant, people need to watch out and more investment is needed in the number of Gardai policing Athy,” she added.

The incident is being investigated by Athy Gardaí and Sgt Harte has appealed to any witnesses who may have noticed anyone acting suspicously in the area to contact them on 059 8634210.