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Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit

Britain's Queen Elizabeth will go ahead with a visit to Ireland despite a bomb being found on a bus near Dublin

Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
The Irish army blew up a makeshift bomb found in a bus outside Dublin ahead of a historic visit by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday, amid the biggest security operation ever mounted by the state. Britain's Foreign Office said the Queen's visit would still go ahead despite the bomb's discovery (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
Posters advertising a circus and news on the state visit to Ireland by the Queen adorn the side of a newspaper vendor's hut on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
An Irish police officer seals street furniture shut to prevent tampering ahead of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The visit by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Republic of Ireland is the first by a British monarch for 100 years (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
Colm Lyons of Sinn Fein poses for a photo outside the Sinn Fein bookshop on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is preparing for the Queen and Duke of Edinbugh's historic visit (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
Members of the public walk past phone boxes taped shut by police ahead of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
Members of the Irish Garda blocks the route to the Dublin Memorial Gardens in advance of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's visit on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. 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 (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
Garda traffic cones prevent parking in central Dublin in advance of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's visit on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
The Sinn Fein bookshop displays banners critical of the Queen's visit on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
A traffic notice in central Dublin in advance of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's visit on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
The Queen's visit, the first by a British monarch since Ireland won independence from London in 1921, is designed to show how warm neighbourly relations have replaced centuries of animosity (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Bomb found in Ireland before UK queen's visit
Members of the public walk past graffiti critical of the state visit to Ireland by the Queen on May 16, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)