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bomb threat Dublin secondary school evacuated after reports of suspect device

Gardai are investigating reports of a possible suspect device at St Mac Dara’s Community College in Templeogue.

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Garda cars at the school

Garda cars at the school

Garda cars at the school

STAFF and students were evacuated from a Dublin secondary school today following a bomb threat.

Gardai are investigating reports of a possible suspect device at St Mac Dara’s Community College in Templeogue.

A device has yet to be found.

In a message to parents advising them of the incident, principal Derek Ward confirmed that school will be reopening tomorrow after being "given the all-clear" by gardai.

He said: “As you’ll appreciate, the health, safety and wellbeing of our entire school community is always our number one priority.

"We asked pupils to depart the school today after a phone call was received by the emergency services alleging that a suspect device had been placed at the school. We worked with the Gardaí who attended the school and carried out a comprehensive search including a trained sniffer dog and they have given the all-clear and our school can now reopen tomorrow. It was not necessary for any other services to attend the school.

"The Gardaí are investigating this unfortunate occurrence.

"We are most grateful to all students and staff for the manner in which they observed our safety procedures and we look forward to warmly welcoming everyone back tomorrow as normal."

A garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí are investigating reports of a possible suspect device at a school in the Templeogue area.

“Gardaí have carried out extensive searches of the premises and a search operation remains ongoing currently. At this time no device or similar has been located.

“Enquiries are continuing.”

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