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Blue powder and 'Goodbye' note sent to office of gay rights group

Emergency services have now given the all clear.

Updated 2.45 pm

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THE ARMY BOMB disposal team have ruled out any threat after a a suspicious package was delivered to the offices of LGBT advocacy group GLEN this morning.

Emergency services were deployed to the scene on Upper Exchange Street in Dublin’s city centre with crew donning hazmat suits before entering the building.

It is understood the package was opened and blue powder was found inside, along with a one-word note which read ‘Goodbye’. It is thought the letter was personally delivered as there was no stamp.

The group indicated on Twitter that the substance was tested and is not toxic.

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

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

Gardaí, Dublin Fire Brigade and an army bomb disposal at the scene earlier. The Defence Forces have confirmed that the package was a hoax. A bomb disposal team arrived on scene at 1.15pm and left nearly two hours later.

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With reporting from Paul Hosford and Rónán Duffy.

 

 

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