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Primary school in Dublin evacuated after bomb threat

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A person called Scoil Colmcille in Donaghmede this morning to say there was a device in the building
A person called Scoil Colmcille in Donaghmede this morning to say there was a device in the building

A PRIMARY school was evacuated this morning after it received a bomb threat.

Independent.ie can reveal that a person called Scoil Colmcille in Donaghmede this morning to say there was a device in the building.

Students, including a number of children with autism, were immediately ordered to evacuate and gardaí were contacted.

Officers carried out a search of the premises and were unable to find any device.

The Defence Forces' Explosive Ordnance Defence (EOD) unit was not contacted to deal with the situation as it was declared a hoax.

A garda investigation will now be launched to establish the identity of the person who made the call to the school on Newbrook Rd in Donaghmede, Dublin 13.

A source said: "This was a very scary situation for the children involved.

"Thankfully nobody was hurt but this is a very serious issue and will not be taken lightly."

A spokesman for the Garda press office said: "Gardaí in Coolock attended the scene of an incident at a school on Newbrook Rd, Coolock at 10.45am today.

"It proved to be a false report. Gardaí in Coolock will now carry out an investigation into the incident."

Bloomfield Primary School in Bangor, Linn Primary School in Larne and Leadhill Primary School in Castlereagh have also been the subject of bomb threats today, with another school in Limerick also reportedly being evacuated.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said: “PSNI are investigating a series of malicious communications to schools across Northern Ireland today.

"At this stage there is no information to suggest the incidents are terrorist-related, however enquiries continue to establish the facts.

"We will liaise with other UK Police services who have received similar calls, to investigate who is responsible and whether these incidents are linked.

"Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

It is understood that threats were also called in to schools in Scotland yesterday, with the Scottish police describing the calls as "not credible".