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Irish bomb squad are world leaders at tackling Improvised Explosive Devices

NewsBy Eamon Dillon
Irish bomb squad are world leaders at tackling Improvised Explosive Devices

The Irish military have become world leaders when it comes to combating deadly Improvised Explosive Devices.

Decades of paramilitary activity in Ireland and active service in south Lebanon has made the Army among the best in the world at tackling lethal booby traps.

“There is no ‘what does an IED look like?’ It can look like anything,” said Paul one of the unit’s officers.

Deadly devices are disguised as everyday objects, buried or camouflaged and primed to kill.

Over the years military personnel from 33 countries have been trained here while Irish personnel have gone overseas to show how to get the job done.

Last year the Army were called out 141 times to deal with suspect devices and other emergencies.

“There no-one else after us, we are the last line of defence,” said an experienced member of the ordnance team.

The soldiers who deal with bombs are just part of the unit’s job – they also look after the entire Defence Forces weapons, munitions as well as uniforms and all the equipment needed for a modern army.