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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Four-hour long negotiations end peacefully after businessman in distressed state locks himself in wine cellar

Fire brigade and ambulance on standby amid fears man could start a fire

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 10/04/2014|18:19

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An incident where a businessman locked himself into the wine cellar of his house and threatened to harm himself this evening ended peacefully following four hours of negotiations.

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The incident ended peacefully just after 9pm, when the businessman agreed to come out and speak with negotiators.

He was later transferred to Dublin for medical treatment.

Gardai sealed off the house, located at the Curragh in Co Kildare, this evening as they tried to negotiate with the man.

Some of his family were believed to have been elsewhere in the house when he locked himself into his wine cellar.

Trained negotiators were sent to the scene and attempted to open up a line of contact with the man.

A fire brigade unit was also called in because of fears that the man could start a fire.

The alarm was raised shortly after 5pm and when gardai arrived at the house they discovered the man had barricaded himself into the cellar.

An ambulance also arrived to the house as gardai, family members and friends attempted to convince the man to come out of the cellar.

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