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Hoax package with white powder sent to staff at psychiatric hospital

The building had to be sealed off for a number of hours while an army bomb disposal unit examined the substance in the package.

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THE ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING at St Loman’s psychiatric hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, had to be sealed off for more than two hours yesterday evening after a suspect package was opened by staff.

It is understood a package addressed to medical staff in the hospital was found to have white powder and a threatening note inside.

Local gardaí attended the scene yesterday evening and called in an army bomb disposal team to assess the package.

A Defence Forces spokesperson told TheJournal.ie the team arrived on the scene at 5.30pm to carry out their investigation and the substance in the package was not found to be “sinister”.

“It proved to be a hoax of some kind,” the spokesperson said.

The scene was declared clear after 8pm and the package has been handed over to gardaí for their investigation.

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