Friday 15 December 2017

Man held after Dail petrol protest

A man doused himself with petrol in a protest outside the Dail
A man doused himself with petrol in a protest outside the Dail

A man has been detained by gardai after he doused himself with petrol in a protest outside the Dail.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, pulled up in a van opposite the entrance to Leinster House on Kildare Street before climbing on to the roof of the vehicle.

Eyewitnesses reported that he had covered himself in a liquid he had been carrying in a small bottle.

It is understood the man, who is from overseas, made a number of threats that he would set himself alight.

The man climbed down from the roof of the white Renault van at about 4.15pm on Thursday, a short time after beginning the protest, and was taken away by gardai.

A crew from Dublin Fire Brigade called to the scene confirmed the man had covered himself in petrol.

Press Association

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