The village of Rathangan has this morning been sealed off due to a bomb scare.
The Army bomb disposal unit arrived in the town shortly before 9am.
And residents in the Bridge Street area were evacuated at approximately 8.20am.
Gardai told them that a suspect device had been discovered.
All main entrances to the centre of the village have been cut off and diversions are in place.
Activity is concentrated around the canal bridge
Emergency services have closed off the village centre.