Thursday 21 February 2019

‘Possible replica firearm’ seized after protest against Leo Varadkar

A man was seen shooting pellets at a plastic bottle during the protest outside Leinster House.

Gardai on duty outside Leinster House (Niall Carson/PA)
Gardai on duty outside Leinster House (Niall Carson/PA)

By Cate McCurry, Press Association

An investigation is under way after gardai seized a “possible replica firearm” following an incident at a protest against Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The seizure came after a man was seen shooting pellets at a plastic bottle during the protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday.

It is understood the possible replica firearm was a BB gun.

A possible replica firearm was later seized from a man, aged in his 30s, in the Talbot Street area of Dublin on Tuesday at about 8pm.

Gardai said that no arrests were made and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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People protesting outside Leinster House (Niall Carson/PA)

The law states that airsoft pellet guns – with a muzzle velocity of more than one joule – are legal in Ireland but owners have to be licensed.

The protest, under the slogan Not My Taoiseach, was organised on social media as a planned demonstration against Mr Varadkar’s policies.

However, it was called off early due to low turnout.

The demonstration, which more than 2,000 respondents said they were attending on Facebook, saw around 30 people gather outside Leinster House.

Despite the small turnout, a large number of gardai blocked off the roads surrounding the main gates to Leinster House, and erected barricades along Kildare Street.

Press Association

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