Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man on a roof stops traffic for five hours in Dublin

Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

DUBLIN city centre was brought to a standstill after a man was seen scaling rooftops on Dame Street.

Gardai were called to the scene at 10.30am yesterday after the man, in his early 20s, was spotted on top of a statue on the Abercrombie & Fitch building.

The man then moved across to the roof of the neighbouring Ulster Bank, where he stayed for four hours. He was later safely taken away from the scene.

The incident caused severe traffic delays in the city centre, with gardai and AA Roadwatch advising people to avoid the area for much of the early afternoon. Dame Street and College Green remained closed to traffic for almost five hours yesterday as the road was sealed off and crowds gathered at the site.

Four fire brigades, over 10 gardai and an ambulance were at the scene as they tried to bring the man to safety.

Traffic and buses were diverted at the junction of Dame Street and South Great George's Street, while pedestrians trying to access the area were diverted through Temple Bar.

The man was initially bare-chested for the first two hours before he covered his torso with a blue T-shirt and grey hoody.

He left his vantage point several times to talk to two garda negotiators, and came close to falling at one point when he appeared to lose his balance.

No arrests were made in relation to the incident and gardai said that he left the rooftop before 3pm without incident.

Irish Independent

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