Meanwhile, In Lower Baggot Street


This afternoon.

Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

Where are your masks?

Emergency services leaving the Department of Health after a suspicious package (possibly declared non-suspicious) was discovered, causing the building to be evacuated.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

22 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Lower Baggot Street

    1. ian-oh

      Careful now, you’ll upset some people.

      After all, aren’t they ‘just asking questions’.

          1. millie madonna

            Don’t you subscribe to the Bill Gates wants to forcibly vaccinate the world for sinister reasons?

            I’d hope you’re not a fan of the 5G causes coronavirus/cancer/warts of the brain idiocy.

          2. Pat Mustard

            Bill Gates does want to vaccinate the world. He’s quite open about it, hardly a conspiracy theory.

            I’ve never mentioned 5G, but do possess an honours degree in Applied Sciences and maths from trinners. Nuclear and radiation was a field I had to know.

  1. f_lawless

    There’s been several hundred white powder hoaxes reported worldwide since the US anthrax attack of 2001 – the only time such an attack was ever genuine. Then it turned out to be ‘military -grade’ weaponised anthrax that was traced back to a US army lab.

    Today’s hoax in Ireland wasn’t the first or second such hoax here . Just last year the HSE were sent a similar package that turned out to be baking powder. Same story as today: place evacuated/cordoned off, Army Bomb Disposal Team and HazMat unit called, fire brigades and ambulances put on on standby outside, etc

    I know some people will disagree with me, but it seems to me like in the times we live in people are increasingly losing the ability to make a reasoned assessment of what response is proportionate to the level of risk involved The culture of ‘safetyism’ now dominates over all aspects of society..

    Considering all the hoaxes that have come before, and the extreme improbability that someone in Ireland is going to get their hands on the likes of weaponised anthrax, is no one in authority able to take the decision that maybe a more toned-down response would be more appropriate here?

    Then again, the overblown response is a nice bit of political theatre

      1. f_lawless

        How old are you I wonder? Isn’t it long past time to face up to your inner turmoil rather than lashing out at strangers on the internet?

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      It’s standard protocol because of terrorists and loons sending letterbombs as recently as last year.

      There are hordes of disgruntled antivaxx, antimask, antichoice “activists” radicalised online and at rallies and staff aren’t going to open a suspicious package because these angry loons are terrorists and nobody wants to be the one who loses a hand or their life because it’s only “overblown… political theatre”.

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