An Army Bomb Disposal team rendered safe a viable improvised explosive device (IED) in Longford last night (Wednesday, June 24).
Gardaí, as part ongoing investigations into dissident republican activity, arrested four men, ranging in age from the late 20’s to late 40’s, in connection with the incident.
The suspect device was discovered during the search of private vehicle on the R392 at Forgney, close to Ballymahon.
The four men are currently detained at Garda Stations in Granard and Longford under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 as amended.
The Defence Forces deployed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit to the scene which was preserved and a safety cordon and road closures were put in place for public safety.
The unit arrived at the rural road, approximately four kilometres outside Ballymahon, at 9.11pm.
The viable device was made safe without the need for a controlled explosion and the road reopened at 10.35pm.
Items of an evidential nature were handed over by the EOD to the Gardaí to assist them with their investigation.
A house that was searched in a follow up search has been preserved for a technical examination.
Investigations are continuing.