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Saturday 3 December 2016

Suspicious package with blue powder and a 'Goodbye' letter sent to Gay and Lesbian office

Emergency services rush to scene

Six fire brigades and the army bomb disposal unit at the scene of GLEN offices (Photo: Mark Condren)
Six fire brigades and the army bomb disposal unit at the scene of GLEN offices (Photo: Mark Condren)
The Fire Brigade outside the GLEN offices. Photo: GLEN/Twitter
The fire brigade arrives. Photo: GLEN/Twitter
Army bomb disposal unit at the scene (Photo: Mark Condren)
Army bomb disposal unit at the scene (Photo: Mark Condren)

Emergency services rushed to the headquarters of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network today after a suspicious package was detected at the premises.

A female staff member opened the package, which contained blue powder and a 'goodbye' note, at 9.30am and emergency services were immediately alerted.

Six fire brigades and the army bomb disposal unit arrived at the scene.

A staff member told independent.ie: “One of our staff members received a package this morning with blue powder in it and a letter saying “goodbye”. That’s all that was written on it.”

“There are a few of us here. It was addressed to the office and it’s on the desk where it was opened. And we’re all in a separate contained office.”

“It arrived in the morning post today at around 9.30am. The fire brigade arrived within an hour. It had to be escalated then, detectives arrived, and it was escalated then.”

“She did get a fright. She is fine. But until [danger] is ruled out, it is a bit frightening,” another staff member said. “Our concern is the safety is of all members of staff.”

“We have no reason to believe we're in any way unsafe,” GLEN said, tweeting its thanks to Dublin Fire Brigade for a 'stellar' response.

GLEN, based on Exchange Street Upper in Dublin, is an NGO which works to combat discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Ireland.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

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