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weapons fears Man remains in custody after tense three hour stand-off in Limerick home

Gardai are continuing to investigate all the circumstances in relation to the 'build-up to this incident and the incident itself'

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A man remains in custody in Henry Street Garda station in Limerick this morning following his arrest in Abbeyfeale last night when he barricaded himself into a house. 

Uniformed and plain-clothes gardaí rushed to the scene at a domestic residence on Main Street at approximately 6.45pm, where the man had been threatening self-harm and harm to anybody who entering the premises.

Gardai said the man, in his 30s,had access to weapons, such as domestic knives and tools.

However, there were no firearms present.

He was later arrested at approximately 10pm after an intervention by the Armed Support Unit for offences contrary to the Criminal Damage Act 1991.

The incident prompted a media blackout request by gardai while traffic diversions were also put in place, which affected traffic on all approaches to Abbeyfeale.

Gardai said this morning that they had received a call to an incident at a domestic residence on Main Street, Abbeyfeale at approximately 6.45pm.

“Local uniformed gardaí and plain clothes gardaí attended the scene,” they said.

“A male in his 30s had barricaded himself into a private house with access to weapons, (including) domestic knives and tools. There were no firearms present.

“The male was threatening self-harm and harm to any person who entered the premises.

“Gardai implemented an Operational Command protocol. An On Scene Commander was appointed and local Garda negotiators from Limerick, attached to the National Negotiators Unit, attended the scene supported by armed support units from Limerick and Cork.

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“At approximately 10pm, an intervention was put in place by the Armed Support Unit and the male was arrested for offences contrary to the Criminal Damage Act 1991.

“The male was medically assessed at the scene and was taken to Henry Street Garda station, Limerick, where he is being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.”

Gardai added that they are continuing to investigate all the circumstances in relation to the “build-up to this incident and the incident itself”.

The scene of the domestic house remains preserved this morning while traffic restrictions have been lifted in the Abbeyfeale area.

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