Update: Gardaí re-open Kilkenny city centre after suspect device declared a hoax

Gardai pictured the scene of the suspect device in Kilkenny today. Pic: Dylan Vaughan.

Update: Kilkenny‘s city centre has been declared safe after army bomb disposal experts confirmed that a suspicious device found this morning was a hoax.

Gardaí sealed off High Street and Ciaran Street in the city after a suspect device was reported to the emergency services.

The device was found on the Butterslip, an alleyway between the two streets.

Traffic, vehicular and pedestrian, was not allowed in or out of the cordoned area for several hours and many local businesses kept their doors shut.

However, after army bomb experts arrived on the scene shortly before 10.30am they were able to satisfy themselves that the device was a hoax.

The area was declared safe and gardaí allowed the streets to re-open.

A man in his 50s who was arrested in connection with the scare is being questioned at Kilkenny Garda station.

Update: A man in his late 50s has been arrested in connection with an ongoing incident in Kilkenny at 'Butterslip', between High Street and Kieran Street.

The streets remain closed to pedestrians and vehicles. Gardaí are advising the public to stay away until further notice.

Earlier: 'Suspect device' closes High Street in Kilkenny

High Street in Kilkenny has been closed off this morning following the discovery of a suspicious device.

It is understood the package was reported to gardaí at about 6am after it was found in the Butterslip area, between High Street and Kieran Street.

Gardaí have confirmed that army bomb disposal experts are on their way to the scene and that a "suspect device" is at the location.

Cordon tape has been placed around sections of High Street to prevent cars from moving in or out of the area affected.

The incident is likely to lead to serious traffic congestion in many parts of Kilkenny this morning.

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