From the 1st of January 2013 to the 28th of August 2013 a total of 59 “viable explosive devices” (or bombs) have been defused or otherwise made safe by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit of Óglaigh na hÉireann (Defence Forces Ireland). That is 59 bombs of various types and explosive content over a period of just 35 weeks. There were a further 109 suspect or hoax devices examined.
Virtually all of them originated in Ireland’s criminal underworld and the increasingly paramilitarized narco-gangs of the cities of Dublin, Limerick and Cork.
Ireland is becoming the Mexico of western Europe and no one in government seems to care as long as the trouble is kept at “acceptable” levels of violence (and in 2012 that meant some 3000 reported gun and bomb incidences across our nation-state).