rish Defence Forces said a “viable improvised explosive device” had been found contained in a plastic envelope.
On 5 and 6 March, devices were received at addresses in London and Glasgow.
Responsibility was claimed by a group calling itself the IRA.
The caller, who used a recognised code word, claimed five devices had been sent, but only four had been discovered.
On Friday, gardaí said they received a report of the package at an An Post office on Dock Road at about 06:00 local time.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today programme with Sean O’Rourke, Irish Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the incidents in the UK were the result of heightened tensions in Northern Ireland due to uncertainty over Brexit.
He said the sending of such devices was a “totally unacceptable act”.
The Limerick post office was evacuated and the army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were notified.
Post office staff contacted police after the package was discovered and up to 100 staff employed at the sorting office were moved out when the alert was raised, RTÉ reported.
The office is the National Return Letter Centre, which acts as the depot for all undeliverable mail in the country.
The packages that arrived at Waterloo railway station and offices at Heathrow and London City airports on 5 and 6 of March were posted with Irish stamps and had Dublin as the return address, prompting Irish police to join the investigation.
The stamps appeared to be those issued by the Irish postal service for Valentine’s Day 2018, featuring a heart motif and the words “Love Eire N”.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said it was keeping “an open mind” as enquiries continue.
“We are aware that those claiming responsibility have indicated five devices were sent. At this time, only four devices have been recovered,” the statement said.
“Extensive advice has already been issued to relevant businesses and sectors to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police. This advice was previously sent to armed forces personnel and is being reiterated again in light of this claim.”
Police Scotland said a controlled explosion was carried out as a precaution on a suspicious package found in the mailroom at Glasgow University, after several buildings had been evacuated.
All packages were A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags and appeared capable of igniting a small fire when opened.
No-one was injured in any of the incidents in Britain.