Gardaí hunt hoaxers after court bomb scare

GARDAÍ were last night working to catch those behind the latest security scare at Dublin’s Four Courts.

The courts complex and road along that stretch of the northside quays were sealed off for two hours yesterday morning after staff, arriving for work, discovered a suspicious package.

A Defence Forces spokesman described the suspect package as a “crude hoax.”

He described it as a “cylindrical-shaped device with wires and putty attached.”

This was one of a number of hoax bombs the army’s bomb disposal squad has had to deal with in the area in the past 16 months.

Twelve months ago, a bomb disposal team used a controlled explosion to destroy a suspect package left at the front of the Four Courts building.

And in February 2004, a hoax bomb a short distance away coincided with a royal visit.

On that occasion, a device was found at Ducks Lane near the Old Jameson Distillery, Smithfield, a few hours before Britain’s Princess Anne was due to present Sailor of the Year awards.

Yesterday’s alarm was raised when a member of the staff noticed the package shortly after 8am.

Traffic along the already busy northside route into the city was thrown into chaos.

Gardaí closed the affected Inns Quay and re-routed traffic through the area.

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