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Farmer in 5-hour stand-off released

AN ARMED man who was involved in a five-hour stand-off with gardai in the early hours of Saturday morning has been released without charge.

Family members of the 46-year-old had contacted gardai in Kenmare, Co Kerry, on Friday night because they were concerned about his wellbeing.

The man, a local farmer, had been brandishing a gun at his house in rural Co Kerry, close to Moll's Gap on the Ring of Kerry.

When gardai called to the house at around 10pm on Friday, the man made threats against them and another man who was close by, understood to be his brother. There was nobody else in the house at the time.

Gardai called in a crisis negotiator and an on-scene commander to deal with the situation.

They were backed up by its Limerick-based Regional Response Unit and members of the District Detective Unit.

The stand-off ended peacefully at around 3am and the man was arrested and brought to Killarney Garda Station where he was detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

No one was injured in the incident.

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In a follow-up search, gardai recovered two firearms from the house and the area around it was cordoned off and the scene preserved for a technical examination.

The man was released without charge from garda custody yesterday evening.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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