31/08/2006

Security alert at home of Dublin Mayor

Gardai have evacuated the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin following a security warning earlier today.

The alert began at 8am this morning when Irish police received a telephone warning claiming that an explosive device had been left at the premises.

The building was evacuated and an army bomb disposal team has been carrying out searches of the scene.

Nothing has been found as yet.

It has been reported that the bomb may have been planted by the UVF 25 years ago during Sinn Fein's annual conference in 1981. However, it failed to explode.

Sinn Fein Dublin MEP Mary-Lou McDonald said: "If there is a device in the Mansion House, it's not the first time that the UVF have planted bombs in the city."

(EF/KMcA)

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