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Sunday 21 January 2018

Suspicious device addressed to Alan Shatter was a hoax

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

THE army bomb squad was called to Rathfarnham Garda Station this morning to deal with a suspicious device addressed to Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

The incident came a week after a parcel of white powder and Nazi emblems was sent to his Ballinteer home.

Today's incident was sparked when workers at the An Post sorting office on Edmonstown Road in Rathfarnham discovered a similar package with white powder coming out of it as they prepared post for local deliveries.

It was eventually confirmed to be a hoax.

However, before that confirmation, the gardai were called to the sorting centre and they went to inspect the package

The suspicious package was removed to Rathfarnham sometime around 6am, and a station officer decided the best course of action was to contact the army.

The EOD at Rathfarnham Garda Station today.
The EOD at Rathfarnham Garda Station today.
An army bomb disposal van is seen outside the station in Rathfarnham. Photo: Rachel Gibney
An army van seen outside the station in Rathfarnham. Photo: Rachel Gibney
A garda on duty outside Shatter's house last week
Alan Shatter leaves his house and (inset) the Army investigates the suspicious package found at his home last week
Alan Shatter leaving his Dundrum home after a suspect package was delivered last Wednesday week

The defence forces Explosives Ordnance Disposal unit was then tasked and travelled to the station.

Experts on dangerous substances then spent the morning inspecting the package, before it was confirmed as a hoax.

There was a heavy garda and army presence at the station while the package was being dealt with.

The security situation is now finished.

This morning's interception came a week after the discovery of a package containing white powder, a Nazi photograph and a swastika emblem at Mr Shatter's home.

A major security alert was put in place after the sinister threat was discovered shortly after 9am last Wednesday.

The army bomb disposal team was dispatched to Mr Shatter's South Dublin home shortly before 10am.

The white powder sent to Mr Shatter's home in an envelope was identified as baking powder after being tested by gardai.

The swastika appeared in an image of Nazi soldiers at a rally, which was contained in the envelope. It was a picture of soldiers at a rally with a series of Nazi-swastika flags.

Last week Mr Shatter faced a vote of no confidence in the Dail in relation to various controversy that hit the Justice Department in recent months.

However, the minister survived a vote of no confidence, winning with 95 votes to 51.

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