UPDATE: Rathangan reopens as bomb scare ends

False alarm

Niamh O'Donoghue and Conor McHugh

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UPDATE: Rathangan reopens as bomb scare ends

Army Bomb Disposal Unit leaving Rathangan.

The village of Rathangan reopened shortly before 11am this morning following a bomb scare which saw residents evacuated from the Bridge Street Area,

The Army bomb disposal unit arrived in the town shortly before 9am and parked on the Canal bridge while they examined a suspect package.

The residents in the Bridge Street area were evacuated at approximately 8.20am after being told by Gardai that a suspect device had been discovered.

All main entrances to the centre of the village were cut off and pupils of Bunscoill Bride  travelling to the school to from the top of the town were temporarily prevented from getting to school for the moment because of the situation. 

It's not immediately clear where the suspect package was, although some locals have suggested it was left outside a shop in the town.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces has confirmed that the suspect package was a "false alarm", but reiterated that it is better for members of the public to always report anything suspicious if they have any concerns.

The village centre has reopened as emergency services leave.

The village centre has reopened as emergency services leave.

The bomb squad beside the bridge in Rathangan this morning

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