The tight security of the Irish army defused a bomb found on a passenger bus bound for Dublin hours before the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II. This would be the first visit by a British monarch to the south of Ireland since King George V visited the place in 1911 that at that time was still part of UK.
The authorities revealed that the bomb was found hidden in the luggage compartment of a bus in Maynooth, a university town 15 miles (25 kilometers) west of Dublin, early Tuesday. A fake one was also found near Dublin’s light-rail line in the western district of Inchicore that was then checked for fingerprint or DNA traces.
The four-day visit of the Queen aims to celebrate the end of ancient problems of the two countries and the triumph of peacemaking. The Irish government ensures success of the visit along with the biggest security operation in the history of the Republic of Ireland.
“This is the start of an entirely new beginning for Ireland and Britain,. I really do hope that the welcome she gets will be genuine and memorable for her and her party,” said Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
The queen has been invited to visit the country and she will be formally welcomed in the house of President Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain.
“An extraordinary moment in Irish history – a phenomenal sign and signal of the success of the peace process and absolutely the right moment for us to welcome onto Irish soil Her Majesty the Queen,” the President told state broadcaster RTE.