Bomb alert man tasered by gardaí

Armed officers from an elite Garda emergency squad today used a Taser weapon to stun a man found near a suspected bomb.

Armed officers from an elite Garda emergency squad today used a Taser weapon to stun a man found near a suspected bomb.

The suspect, in his late 20s, is being questioned under Offences against the State laws after his arrest in Dublin’s docklands.

It is only the second time in the history of the State that an electro-shock Taser weapon has been officially used by gardaí to apprehend an individual.

The man was taken to Blackrock garda station shortly after 1.15pm this afternoon where detectives have up to 72 hours to question him about his activities.

Army bomb disposal experts were called to the scene at Pigeon House Road, close to Dublin Port, in Ringsend to examine the suspect device.

A section of wasteground and part of the road was sealed off by the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal scoured the area.

The ERU last month used a Taser for the first time on a 46-year-old man arrested in Limerick city after the recovery of an automatic pistol and two magazines.

A Taser is an electro-shock weapon meant for use as a less-than-lethal alternative to guns by police to stun and subdue a fleeing or potentially dangerous suspects.

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