Man arrested at Dublin Children's Court with gun and explosive device after 'taking judge hostage'
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Man arrested at Dublin Children's Court with gun and explosive device after 'taking judge hostage'

A MAN has been arrested following a major security incident at Dublin Children's Court in Smithfield on the Northside of the Irish capital's inner city.

Gardaí evacuated the courthouse complex at around noon today following reports that a man brandishing a gun had entered the building.

The Irish Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad was also called to the scene as it is understood the man also had an explosive device.

A man was taken into custody shortly after the incident which saw a woman specifically threatened, according to RTÉ News.

Reports prior to the arrest claimed that a judge had been taken hostage.

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The suspect, who according to witnesses appeared to be a grey-haired man in his 40s, has been taken to Bridewell Garda Station.

He was briefly spotted being led to a Garda van in handcuffs by two armed officers and was wearing jeans and a black jacket.

A Garda cordon is in place at the scene and a security check of the court building is ongoing.

The Luas Red Line has been suspended and is running only between Saggart/Tallaght and Blackhorse.

There is no service between Blackhorse and the City/The Point on instruction from Gardaí.

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A Garda statement said: “Gardaí are currently at the scene of an incident at the courthouse in Smithfield Dublin 7.

"A courthouse has been evacuated due to a suspect device being located. The area has been cordoned off.

"The army EOD team are currently en route. Further updates will follow."