Armed gardai pounce on man who claimed to have a gun on Kilkenny train
BY COLIN BARTLEY
PASSENGERS on a Kilkenny-Dublin train were subjected to a terrifying ordeal when a drunk man ran amok onboard claiming to have a gun.
The man was arrested by armed gardai on the platform of Heuston Station, Dublin, after he got off the 11.40am train from Kilkenny yesterday.
After the Newbridge stop the man, who is in his 30s, started telling Irish Rail staff aboard the train that he had a gun.
The staff on board immediately reported the man to rail management, who in turn contacted gardai.
Gardai responded to the threat immediately and dispatched an armed unit to Heuston Station.
As the train pulled in, the man was taken down by the group of armed garda as he left the carriage. He was searched at the scene, but no weapons were found. The man was highly intoxicated and was arrested at the station.
A local Garda spokesperson told KilkennyNow.ie: “Gardaí were made aware of an incident of public order on a train which stopped at Heuston Station. A man was allegedly intoxicated and causing a disturbance. Armed units assisted at the scene. A man in his 30s was arrested and detained at Kevin St Garda Station.”