Tuesday 27 September 2016

Bomb scare at Minister Alan Kelly's office 'leaves staff extremely shaken'

Niall O'Connor and Denise Calnan

Published 28/08/2015 | 13:20

Suspicious package sent to Minister Alan Kellys office in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Photo: Tom Doherty
Suspicious package sent to Minister Alan Kellys office in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Photo: Tom Doherty

The army and gardai were called following a bomb scare at the constituency office of Environment Minister Alan Kelly this morning.

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A female staff member alerted the gardai after opening a package which contained a suspicious substance.

The package also contained a sinister threat to the life of the Labour Party politician, Independent.ie understands.

The staff member was left extremely shaken after opening the package.

The Gardaí took the decision to call in the defence forces as a precaution.

There have been a number of sinister threats made against Mr Kelly in recent months.  

A garda spokesperson confirmed the incident to Independent.ie and said the offices in Nenagh, Tipperary are temporarily closed.

"Gardaí and members of the army bomb disposal squad are currently at the scene and investigations into the threat have begun," the spokesperson said.

Shortly before 3pm this afternoon the device was declared a hoax.

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