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Watchdog probes man's custody death

The Garda watchdog has launched an investigation into the death of a man shortly after he was arrested.

The 23-year-old was detained by gardai in Maynooth, Co Kildare, yesterday afternoon before being taken to Leixlip Garda station.

Investigating officers have told the Garda Ombudsman that the man was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

An ambulance was called to the station and the man was taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown in Dublin, where he was pronounced dead.

The Garda Ombudsman confirmed it is investigating the death of a man while in Garda custody.

The investigation was referred to the watchdog in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act.

The law compels the Garda Commissioner to refer any case to the Garda Ombudsman where it appears that the conduct of an officer may have resulted in the death of a person or serious harm.

A Garda Ombudsman spokeswoman said the investigation was at an early stage.

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