The Irish Army have blown up a makeshift bomb found on a bus outside Dublin ahead of an historic visit by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. A second suspicious device at a tram stop has been found to be a hoax.
The Queen is due in the Irish Republic later today – the first state visit by a British monarch since Ireland won independence from London in 1921.
An estimated 10,000 police and army personnel are on duty around Dublin for the four-day duration.
The threat level is high but the British government say the visit will still go ahead.
It is the biggest security operation ever mounted by the Irish state.
The last monarch to visit Dublin was the Queen’s grandfather George V in 1911.
But yesterday’s coded warning in London and today’s reports of other devices in Dublin are stark reminders that a small minority remain remain opposed to the British presence in the North.