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19-year-old charged over "one in a million" sword incident at Leinster House

The young man will appear before court today.

A TEENAGER HAS been charged over a “one in a million” incident in which he brandished a sword at Leinster House.

He also had knives tucked into his socks.

The teen was arrested after jumping over the main barrier at Leinster House and attempting to make it to the building’s doors on Kildare St at around 4.30pm yesterday.

Although he made it over the front gates, he was apprehended in the plinth area before he could reach the doors.

Gardaí and ushers had given chase after he entered the area. An Oireachtas spokesperson said security procedures had been followed.

“Something you would see in a movie”

On last night’s Six One News, junior minister Seán Sherlock said he saw a man running past him “brandishing a sword above his head”.

Describing it as a “one in a million incident”, Sherlock said that the sword “was something you would see in a movie” and that the Leinster House staff handled the incident “very well”.

This morning, gardaí in Pearse St investigating the incident said they have charged a male (19) in connection with the incident.

He will appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

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