New twist in bomb probe

A pistol and some bullets were reportedly found hidden in a computer found during a search in Co Longford two weeks ago. The discovery was made as part of an ongoing investigation into the discovery of a viable bomb on a bus bound for Dublin on the eve of the Queen’s visit, just over a fortnight ago.

A pistol and some bullets were reportedly found hidden in a computer found during a search in Co Longford two weeks ago. The discovery was made as part of an ongoing investigation into the discovery of a viable bomb on a bus bound for Dublin on the eve of the Queen’s visit, just over a fortnight ago.

The items, which included a Czech-made pistol, are thought to have been found concealed in the back of a computer and they were discovered during an examination Special Branch headquarters at Dublin’s Harcourt Square.

Upon discovering the gun and ammunition, army bomb disposal experts were called to Harcourt Square Garda Station to examine the computer last Sunday week (May 22).

The computer was one of a number of items seized by officers from the Special Branch, supported by local gardai, four days after a viable device was found in the luggage compartment of a bus travelling from Ballina to Dublin on May 16.

Up to 30 passengers were evacuated from the privately owned coach in Maynooth, following an anonymous phone call made to Longford Garda Station.

A Garda press office spokesperson however, declined to issue any comment on the revelations when contacted on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile a 60-year-old man charged with having an explosive device at Longford railway station car park on May 16 is expected to apply for bail this week.

Donal Billings, of St Bridget’s Court, Drumlish, Co Longford appeared at a special sitting of Dublin’s Central Criminal Court on May 22 and had been expected to apply for bail at a further sitting of the Special Criminal Court last week. He was, however, remanded in custody until Thursday when an application is likely to be heard.