Limerick primary school reopened following hoax bomb threat

Limerick primary school reopened following hoax bomb threat

Update 5pm

A series of hoax bomb alerts to schools across the country is being condemned.

Institutions in Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Carlow and Waterford all received communications claiming that devices had been left at the buildings this morning.

The PSNI has also begun investigations following seven similar alerts in the North - while dozens of incidents were reported in Great Britain yesterday.

No devices have been found and all reports have been declared hoaxes.

Deputy Leader of the Green Party Catherine Martin says its a reminder to schools to ensure they have emergency procedures in place: “I would commend the staff for how quick they reacted and prioritised children safety and indeed the local gardaí.

It is at times like this we see how important the policies and procedures in case of emergency how they come into play and staff work under pressure to protect children that are feeling scared.

Update 3.30pm

Investigations have been launched following a series of hoax bomb alerts at schools across Ireland.

It is understood schools in Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Carlow and Waterford all received communications claiming that devices had been left at the buildings this morning.

The PSNI has also begun investigations following seven similar alerts in the North this morning.

No devices have been found and all reports have been declared hoaxes.

Gardaí and the PSNI are liasing with each other as inquiries continue.

Update 1pm

A school in Limerick has reopened after it was closed earlier following a bomb threat writes David Raleigh

Twenty gardai were deployed to Milford National School to carry out a search after the threat was phoned in.

It is believed the hoax threat was phoned in from an automated system.

Other hoax bomb threats were phoned in from an automated system at three other Irish schools and several UK school today, according to a source.

Three units of Limerick City & County Fire and Rescue Service, were deployed to Milford National School after the hoax threat was made shortly after 10am this morning.

"It may be a possible hoax as several other hoax calls from an automated system were received to UK schools and three other Irish schools today," a source said.

"All students have been evacuated. Approximately twenty Gardai are searching the premises," they added.

The school was declared safe just before 1pm this afternoon.

Earlier

A school in Limerick has been evacuated after a report of a bomb at the school writes David Raleigh

Twenty gardaí have been deployed to Milford National School to carry out a search.

Three units of Limerick City & County Fire and Rescue Service, have also been deployed to the school.

"It may be a possible hoax as several other hoax calls from an automated system were received to UK schools and three other Irish schools today," a source said.

"All students have been evacuated. Approximately twenty Gardai are searching the premises," they added.


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