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Staff Evacuated From Midlands Parcel Distribution Centre

The army bomb disposal unit was called to the scene this afternoon.

Staff were evacuated, as a precaution, from a midlands parcel distribution centre after a suspicious parcel was identified. 

Gardai were called to DPD in Athlone after the item was found during a routine security and customs check this afternoon. 

The army bomb disposal unit was called to the site and discovered the package contained non explosive steel mortar parts.

Operations were suspended for 90 minutes, however workers are now back on site. 

Des Travers commented, “The safety of our staff is of utmost importance to us. The response of the emergency services were tremendous and I would particularly like to complement them for averting what could have been a major disaster. DPD Ireland has a contingency plan in place for such an emergency and the various elements of this plan were successfully implemented today.” 

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