Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Picture: Cllr David McGuinness Facebook

Blanchardstown Centre was back open for business this morning following a major security operation yesterday evening.

A large number of gardaí – included armed officers from the Emergency Response Unit – evacuated the centre at approximately 6.30p.m yesterday (1st November) after they were alerted to the possible sighting of an armed individual in the car park of the shopping centre.

Worried staff and shoppers were evacuated before a full search of the centre was carried out.

The nearby Great Wood pub was also closed while Dublin Bus curtailed routes 17A, 37, 39, 39A, 220, 238, 239 and 270 that run to the centre.

No arrests were made following the search.

A garda spokesperson said: “Numerous gardaí units attended the scene and evacuated the shopping centre in the interest of public safety.

“A full search of the shopping centre was carried out and no armed person was located.

“Gardaí wish to thank the public for their assistance in the matter.”

Locals paid tribute to the gardai’s handling of the situation

One man wrote on social media: “Fair play to the gardai evacuating Blanchardstown shopping centre so quickly.”

While another added: “Our police for are some of the greatest people in the country.

“They aren’t paid near enough but still somehow managed the situation in Blanchardstown brilliantly and professionally, bravo guys.”

More to follow….

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