A man has been arrested in the Longford area in relation to the discovery of a pipe bomb on a bus in Maynooth last week. The arrest was made following searches in the North Longford area although Gardai were reluctant to confirm the exact location of these searches. Gardai did confirm however that a 60 year man was arrested on Friday evening and is being detained in Longford Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act. It is believed that the man is still being questioned this afternon, Saturday, at the Garda Station.
Earlier this week, Longford Gardai launched an investigation after an anonymous call was made to Longford Garda Station to say that there was a bomb on the 5.45 bus from Ballina to Dublin. The call was made on Monday on the eve of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland. The bus had stopped over in Longford for ten minutes on Monday before travelling on towards Dublin. Following the call, which was made around 8.20pm, around 30 passengers were evacuated from the bus in Maynooth. The bus was searched and the pipe bomb, which was described as viable, was discovered.