Saturday 1 October 2016

'Hoax device' results in street closures and train stoppages in Dublin city centre

Published 13/07/2015 | 15:44

Gardai and the Army EOD squad at the scene at Townsend Street, Dublin 1 (Photo: Jason Kennedy)
Gardai and the Army EOD squad at the scene at Townsend Street, Dublin 1 (Photo: Jason Kennedy)
Gardai and the Army EOD squad at the scene at Townsend Street, Dublin 1 (Photo: Jason Kennedy)
Gardai and the Army EOD squad at the scene at Townsend Street, Dublin 1 (Photo: Jason Kennedy)
Gardai and the Army EOD squad at the scene at Townsend Street, Dublin 1 (Photo: Jason Kennedy)

A 'hoax device' resulted in street closures and train stoppages in Dublin city centre this afternoon.

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The Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal crew and gardai were called to the scene on waste ground under a rail bridge on Townsend Street, in Dublin 2 at approximately 2.30pm.

A cordon and road closures were in place and commercial and residential properties were evacuated for public safety.

Following an investigation of the device and surrounding area, it was confirmed that it was a 'hoax device', gardai told Independent.ie.

The crew were at the scene of the device from 3.10pm until it was declared safe at 4.55pm.

Because the device was found just metres from the train line, Irish Rail  confirmed train services were suspended between Connolly Station and Pearse Station in Dublin due to the security alert.

Gardai and the Army EOD squad at the scene at Townsend Street, Dublin 1 (Photo: Jason Kennedy)
Gardai and the Army EOD squad at the scene at Townsend Street, Dublin 1 (Photo: Jason Kennedy)

Train services have since resumed but delays can be expected.

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