Gar­daí act fast to ar­rest man with gun in Lour­des

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By FIONA MA­GEN­NIS

GARDAI in Drogheda ar­rested a man who al­legedly en­tered the Emer­gency Depart­ment of Our Lady of Lour­des Hospi­tal in Drogheda on Satur­day af­ter­noon with­a­gun.

The man, who is in his early 30s, had pre­sented at the Emer­gency Depart­ment for treat­ment at around 4pm.

Armed gar­daí re­sponded to the scene im­me­di­ately af­ter a nurse raised the alarm.

While the man was in triage at the de­par­ment, nurs­ing staff no­ticed what they be­lieved to be a firearm on the man.

She brought the in­ci­dent to the at­ten­tion of a mem­ber of the gar­daí who was there with another pa­tient at the time.

A spokepser­son for the gar­daí con­firmed a man in his early 30s had been ar­rested at Our Lady of Lour­des Hospi­tal in Drogheda on Satur­day af­ter­noon af­ter he was found in pos­ses­sion of what ap­peared to be a hand­gun.

He was also found in pos­ses­sion of other con­tra­band items, in­clud­ing what is be­lieved to have been a round of am­mu­ni­ti­ion.

‘One man was ar­rested un­der Sec­tion 30 of the Of­fences Against the State Act fol­low­ing a search at Our Lady of Lour­des Hospi­tal on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11th a 4pm,’ said the spokesper­son.

He said the man was de­tained at Drogheda Garda Sta­tion but was re­leased with­out charge on Sun­day af­ter­noon pend­ing a file to the DPP.

Speak­ing on Mon­day, SIPTU Divi­sional Or­gan­iser Paul Bell said the in­ci­dent was dealt with quickly and ef­fi­ciently by both staff in the hospi­tal, gar­daí and the armed re­sponse unit who at­tended the scene.

He said peo­ple in the wait­ing area of the Emer­gency Depart­ment were moved out of the area dur­ing the course of the in­ci­dent but many peo­ple in the hospi­tal were un­aware of what hap­pened un­til armed gar­daí ar­rived on the scene.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, the Emer­gency Depart­ment is the en­try point to the hospi­tal and oc­ca­sion­ally sit­u­a­tions like this do oc­cur,’ he said.

‘What was very pos­i­tive about this sit­u­a­tionw as the way it was han­dled. No other pa­tient was in­volved and gar­daí acted swiftly.’

He also praised the mem­ber of An Garda Siochana who was on­site at the time who han­dled the sit­u­a­tion calmly and as­sessed the item in the man’s pos­ses­sion was a firearm be­fore the Garda Armed Re­sponse Unit in­ter­vened.

‘Staff are very grate­ful that no in­ci­dent took place in which any­one was in­jured but they are also ap­pre­cia­tive of the man­ner in which gar­daí and the staff in­volved han­dled the in­ci­dent,’ he said.

The Emer­gency Depart­ment of Our Lady of Lour­des Hospi­tal

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