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Delays at Croke Park COVID-19 testing centre as area evacuated

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 01/05/2021 Aoibhin Bryant
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There were some delays at the Croke Park COVID-19 testing centre in Dublin after a fire alarm was set off.

Those who were at the centre had to be evacuated in line with safety protocol.

However, a spokesperson for the HSE said there was minimal impact on COVID testing.

a sign on the corner of a street: There were some delays at the Croke Park COVID-19 testing centre in Dublin after a fire alarm was set off. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire © Provided by Extra.ie There were some delays at the Croke Park COVID-19 testing centre in Dublin after a fire alarm was set off. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

COVID testing was halted for roughly 30 minutes, resuming as normal following the brief pause.

The spokesperson for the HSE told Extra.ie: ‘When the fire alarm was activated in Croke Park COVID-19 testing centre earlier today, in line with fire safety procedures, it was evacuated, with service resuming about 30 minutes later.

‘There was minimal impact on testing. We apologise for any inconvenience.’

diagram: COVID testing was halted for roughly 30 minutes, resuming as normal following the brief pause. © Provided by Extra.ie COVID testing was halted for roughly 30 minutes, resuming as normal following the brief pause.

Meanwhile seven more walk-in COVID community testing centres are to open this month.

In order to acquire a greater understanding of Ireland’s community transmission, the HSE has set up temporary walk-in test centres which require no appointment for anyone not presenting virus symptoms.

a close up of a sign: Meanwhile seven more walk-in COVID community testing centres are to open this month. Pic: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos Dublin © Provided by Extra.ie Meanwhile seven more walk-in COVID community testing centres are to open this month. Pic: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos Dublin

The centres will be set up at;

  • Youghal GAA Club, Magners Hill, Youghal in Co Cork
  • Midleton GAA Club, Clonmult Memorial Park, Midleton in Co Cork
  • Ballymun Sports and Fitness Centre, Gateway Crescent, Ballymun in Co Dublin
  • Technological University Dublin, Blanchardstown Campus, Blanchardstown Road North in Co Dublin
  • Newbridge Town Hall, Main Street, Newbridge in Co Kildare
  • Stephenites Ground, Lord Edward Street, Carrowcushlaun West, Ballina in Co Mayo
  • Scoil Bhride Primary School, Killane, Edenderry in Co Offaly

The testing centres in Midleton and open from Saturday, May 1 until May 3.

The Edenderry centre will close on May 4.

The Newbridge centre will open on May 3.

a group of people walking down the street: In order to acquire a greater understanding of Ireland’s community transmission, the HSE has set up temporary walk-in test centres which require no appointment for anyone not presenting virus symptoms. Pic: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos Dublin © Provided by Extra.ie In order to acquire a greater understanding of Ireland’s community transmission, the HSE has set up temporary walk-in test centres which require no appointment for anyone not presenting virus symptoms. Pic: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos Dublin

Meanwhile, the Blanchardstown testing centre will be run from May 1 until May 7.

The Ballymun centre will begin testing from May 4 until May 7.

The Ballina centre opens from May 5 to May 7.

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