Finglas Garda Station reopens following evacuation over "suspicious device"

Members of the public have been warned never to approach a device they believe to be explosive

Finglas Garda Station reopens following evacuation over "suspicious device"

Members of the Army Bomb Squad pictured outside Finglas Garda Station in Dublin dealing with a “suspect device.” Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

Updated 17:45

Finglas Garda Station has reopened after the Army Bomb Squad removed a “suspicious device” from the building.

The building was evacuated after man brought the device to gardaí to report it this afternoon.

Gardaí said the man found the device near his home and brought it to the station shortly after 3pm.

In a statement, the Defence Forces said the Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on-scene at 3:40 pm and conducted an assessment of the device.

The scene was declared safe at 5pm and the device was removed for "further examination and exploitation at a secure military location."

The area was cordoned off and local traffic diversions were in put in place. However, the road has since reopened.

A Garda investigation into the matter is continuing.

Members of the Army Bomb Disposal Team pictured outside Finglas Garda Station in Dublin this evening, 24-10-2017. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews 

Public safety

Speaking following the incident, a garda spokesperson said anyone who finds a device they believe to be suspicious should leave it where it lies and immediately contact the gardaí

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock echoed the warning, adding that incidents such as this highlight the “real and present danger that Gardaí and the army are facing every day.”

“It’s important that members of the public know that this isn’t the safest way to handle this sort of incident,” he said.

He said anyone who finds a device they believe to be explosive should never approach it – and should immediately contact the gardaí.