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Convicted rapist arrested after day-long armed stand-off at Dublin estate

The stand-off began at a house in Ronanstown after 9am yesterday morning.

Members of Garda armed support units at the house.
Members of Garda armed support units at the house.
Image: Eamonn Farrell via

A CONVICTED RAPIST HAS been tasered and arrested by gardaí following a day-long armed stand-off at a house in Dublin. 

The stand-off between the man and gardaí at a house at St Mark’s Estate in Ronanstown began after 9am yesterday morning. 

The man, aged in his 40s, was claiming to be armed with a gun. 

The area was sealed off early yesterday and the stand-off continued all day, before officers brought it to an end in the early hours of the morning.

Gardaí said that one man was involved in the incident. He has been arrested and is currently in garda custody in Lucan. The man is receiving appropriate medical attention, Gardaí said.

The man was convicted of the rape and false imprisonment of a prostitute in 2004. He was given a 10 year sentence.

The matter has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). It’s standard practice for incidents to be referred to the Garda watchdog organisation whenever a taser is deployed. 

Gardaí requested a media blackout yesterday morning as their operation began.

The Garda Press Office occasionally makes such requests in the event of siege-like incidents, where there’s a real risk that TV, radio or online coverage could make the situation worse.

This evening, Gardaí thanked the public and the media for their assistance with the operation.

“A full scale policing operation was implemented which caused significant disruption to the local residents,” Superintendent Paul Dolan said.

“As Superintendent in charge of the Lucan District, I am very appreciative of the assistance provided by the local residents and the media, which ensured that Gardaí were able to bring this incident to a safe conclusion.” 

- With reporting by Daragh Brophy and Garreth MacNamee 

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