The alert began just after 8pm last night at Cullenagh on the Abbeyfeale road, Newcastlewest, when the device was spotted by the woman. About 30 families had to be evacuated.
Gardaí cordoned off the area and the army bomb squad was called in.
Gardaí believe a member of a Limerick City drugs gang travelled to Newcastlewest with the device last night and attached it to the car of the intended target. Shortly after 10pm it was declared safe and it was confirmed to gardaí that it was a viable pipebomb.
The suspects involved in last night’s alert are not connected to the McCarthy- Dundon gang but have been building up their own drugs network following the jailings of leading figures in the McCarthy-Dundon gang for the murders of Shane Geoghegan and Roy Collins.
This gang have been taking over the Ballinacurra Weston area which had previously been controlled by the McCarthy-Dundons. There have been a number of violent incidents in Newcastlewest and Rathkeale in recent months as tensions have boiled over the control of what is regarded as a very lucrative drugs territory which includes counties Kerry, Limerick, and Cork.
The two West Limerick towns are major hubs in the drugs operation being controlled by the gang linked to last night’s incident.