Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe says he’s alarmed by the increase in the use of pipe bombs in gang feuds in the city, leaving many residents exposed to potential serious injury.

He commented: “Rarely does a weekend go by now without their being an incident of a viable or suspect device being left at someone’s house or under a car in tit-for-tat gang feuds which have left some residents living in fear.  Just last weekend the Army was called in to deal with a homemade bomb in the Belclare area of Ballymun in what is thought to be a gang related incident.

“As Chairperson of the local Policing Committee I have seen a very worrying trend of improvised explosives devices being used across the North West of the city.  While gangland style shootings have an impact on the safety of the wider community, the use of these homemade bombs, which by their nature are very unstable, could have potentially devastating consequence for local residents.”

Figures released to Fianna Fáil show the Army’s bomb disposal teams were called out 220 times in the first 10 months of last year for incidents across the country.  In almost 70 cases the army had to deal with live devices comprising of improvised explosive devices and the disposal of conventional munitions.

Councillor McAuliffe added: “I know residents who are very fearful that children could stumble upon these devices and I would urge the public to raise the alarm if they have concerns or see any suspicious packages in their area.  We will be discussing this issue at the next Joint Policing Committee meeting and I want to commend the Gardaí and the Defence Forces for their ongoing work to keep our communities safe.”