‘Hoax’ bomb threat temporarily puts Cork City Centre on lockdown

Gardaí outside entrance to Mercy Hospital
Gardaí outside entrance to Mercy Hospital. Image: CorkBeo

Cork City Courthouse and the Mercy University Hospital were immediately evacuated once the bomb threat was called in.

Washington Street in Cork City was evacuated and closed off to the public this morning after a bomb threat, which was quickly debunked, was phoned in to the City Courthouse.

Limerick Voice understands Gardaí treated the threat seriously and wasted no time evacuating people from nearby premises.

Eyewitnesses saw crowds of people descend on to the streets and make their way to safety before Gardaí notified them that the threat had been a hoax.

Cork City Courthouse on Washington Street. Image: CorkBeo

A Mercy staff member told Limerick Voice that the atmosphere in the hospital was calm, organised and “not at all” chaotic – with staff following protocols that had been put in place should a situation like this arise.

The Mercy University Hospital, Cork City Courthouse and surrounding businesses have all reopened, with An Garda Síochána declaring the area safe.

A Garda spokesperson told Limerick Voice: “Gardaí are aware of a number of security alerts at several locations in Cork City this morning, Friday 24th November 2023.

“Following further enquiries An Garda Síochána is satisfied that all of the alerts have been deemed as hoax and the areas have been declared safe.”

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