Living In Fear

The Defence Forces Ordnance Corps (along with its robot) and the Garda Armed Support Unit were deployed at Ardmore Park on Saturday last in what ultimately transpired to be an "elaborate hoax". 						| Photos: Noel Browne Ardmore Park ‘bomb hoax’ victim was previously sent bullet in post

A mother of two whose home at Ardmore Park was subject to an ‘elaborate hoax’ on Saturday morning last was previously sent a bullet in the post, it has emerged.
The discovery of a suspicious device in the front garden of her property, believed to have been a black pipe with wires and two small batteries attached, led to the Army Bomb Squad being called to Ballybeg.

A total of 40 houses were evacuated during the course of the operation, in which the Defence Forces Ordnance Corps deployed its robot, with a member of the unit also suiting up in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit which weighs 35 kilograms. The Garda Armed Support Unit and local Gardaí were also present during the operation. The suspicious device was removed from the area and was sent for analysis.

This newspaper understands that the property where this hoax device was placed remains vacant, with the family now staying with relatives at another address.

In addition to the bullet sent in the post, this property was also subjected to an attack over two years ago, in which several windows were damaged.

The Defence Forces Ordnance Corps (along with its robot) and the Garda Armed Support Unit were deployed at Ardmore Park on Saturday last in what ultimately transpired to be an "elaborate hoax". 						| Photos: Noel Browne “There’s been a family living at this address for over two years in total fear,” according to City & County Councillor John Hearne.

“We’re talking about a woman here who, almost every night in all that time, has had set her alarm on the hour through the night, just to make sure that everyone under her roof is safe and that their home is in one piece.

“She’s been denied her sleep, she’s been denied her peace of mind; it’s gone on for far too long and surely shouldn’t be allowed to continue.”

Cllr Hearne added: “It’s difficult to be too hard on the Gardaí on the ground because they just don’t have the resources they need to do the job the way they’d like to; they want to see cases they’re pursuing ending in convictions and sentencing. But when you’re under-resourced to the extent that they are at the moment, then the quality of policing suffers. And communities suffer in turn.”

Both the Gardaí and the Defence Forces thanked locals for their co-operation on Saturday last, with Waterford Gardaí appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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