Bomb Discovered in Ireland in Anticipation of Queen Elizabeth’s Visit

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II plants a tree as Irish President Mary McAleese, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Martin McAleese look on at Aras an Uachtarain for a tree planting ceremony on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Queen's visit, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings.. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) Photo: Samir Hussein/2011 Samir Hussein

Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Dublin this morning, the first time a reigning British monarch has ever visited Ireland since the Irish War of Independence nearly a century ago. (The last to visit was her grandfather, in 1911, when Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom.) Police located a pipe bomb on a bus routed for the capital and dismantled it. The security level for this historic visit, meant to signal final reconciliation between the two nations, is extremely high. The total cost of securing Elizabeth's visit, as well as President Obama's next week, will cost the economically struggling Ireland over $40 million. Which may explain why they asked an 85-year-old lady to help with the landscaping.

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