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Bomb squad evacuates LGBT charity over suspicious package

Nick Duffy June 18, 2015
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Bomb disposal experts have evacuated the office of an LGBT charity – after they were sent a suspicious package.

Staff at Irish LGBT charity GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) alerted police after they received a package this morning.

It is believed that staff opened a package to find a blue powder, with a note that read ‘goodbye’.

Emergency services treated the incident as a potential threat, and dispatched a number of specialist teams to the building on Upper Exchange Street, Dublin.

The charity tweeted pictures throughout the response. Six fire engines and a bomb disposal team are currently on site.

Tiernan Brady of GLEN told “The intent was to terrorise – no matter what was in the envelope.

“We’ve never had this before and the goal was to scare us and inflict terror.”

Staff that were inside the building, but they reassured: “We are all safe. Leaving the professionals to it!”

GLEN is one of Ireland’s largest gay rights groups, and was instrumental in calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in last month’s same-sex marriage referendum.

UPDATE 14:00: Staff are currently being evacuated from the building.

UPDATE 14:14: Bomb experts are currently testing the substance.

UPDATE 14:55: The all-clear has been given, after experts declared the substance non-toxic.

Related topics: bomb, Charity, Europe, Ireland, Ireland, LGBT, Northern Ireland

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