Eleven bomb scares disrupted business in Dublin's Grafton and Dawson Streets. No devices were found anywhere in the city.
The hoax calls were recorded between 11am and 2pm causing chaos in Dublin city centre as shops, businesses and streets were evacuated and closed off.
A caller to Switzers on Grafton Street claimed that a device had been planted in the department store. The shop was evacuated and checked by Gardaí and staff but nothing was found. Meanwhile, a caller to the Tea Time Express shop on Dawson Street reported that six incendiary devices had been planted on the street. Again the street was shut off, searched and nothing was found. Brown Thomas on Grafton Street was also evacuated. RTÉ News spoke to some staff who were visibly shaken by what had happened.
One member of Brown Thomas Staff said she was fearful of what might happened and commented
We hope that we'll be as brave as they have been in the North of Ireland.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 November 1986. The reporter is Jackie Hayden.