Fresh appeal in Drumlish bomb investigation

Crimestoppers has issued a fresh appeal for information into an incident involving the discovery of a viable explosive device at the home of a serving member of An Garda Siochana in Drumlish last year.
Crimestoppers has renewed a request for information concerning the discovery of an improvised explosive device outside the home of a serving Garda officer at Bohey near Drumlish last year.

Crimestoppers has renewed a request for information concerning the discovery of an improvised explosive device outside the home of a serving Garda officer at Bohey near Drumlish last year.

The device, which was confirmed as viable, was found underneath a vehicle in the middle of the day on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The Drumlish-Mohill road had to be closed for a time while a team from the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) section attended the the scene.

Gardaí at Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station subsequently launched an investigation into the incident, which is still ongoing.

“We are appealing to anyone with information on this very serious matter to come forward,” said Detective Inspector James Delaney. “This was a viable improvised explosive device and could have resulted in death or serious injury to the residents of the house it was left outside or members of the Drumlish community.

“We believe that there are persons out there that have information that would be beneficial to the case,” he continued.

Reaching out to anyone who may have been in or around the Bohey area on that date, the officer added: “Perhaps you were aware of suspicious activity in the run up to or on Thursday 17 April last year and thought nothing of it at the time? Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, might help with the investigation.”

This latest appeal for information comes after An Garda Síochána launched a new joint crime prevention initiative with Crimestoppers and PhoneWatch, which among several objectives aims to tackle rural crime.

“Crucially, calls to Crimestoppers are completely anonymous, so callers can give information on a crime without needing to provide their personal details,” Detective Inspector Delaney explained.

“Anybody with information can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.”