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Canadian diplomat Kevin Vickers who shot terrorist tackles protester at Dublin 1916 remembrance event

By Tony Gavin and Ciara Treacy

This is the moment Canadian ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers, who made global headlines when he shot a terrorist gunman, tackled a protester at a 1916 ceremony in Dublin.

Former Sergeant-in-Arms Kevin Vickers was the first to react when a protester, wearing an Easter Rising t-shirt, interrupted an event in Grangegorman Military Cemetery this morning to commemorate the British soldiers who died in 1916.

The protester stood up during a wreath laying ceremony before shouting "this is an insult".

But Mr Vickers, who was attending the event, quickly tackled the man and physically moved him away.

Mr Vickers was hailed a hero after shooting gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who had killed a soldier at the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa in October 2014. After the incident, he received a standing ovation in parliament.

The former Sergeant-in-Arms was later appointed Canadian Ambassador to Ireland.

An eye-witness described how Mr Vickers was the first to react when the event was interrupted.

"It was just before the wreath party was coming in. The colour party were carrying a Union Jack.

"This man just ran forward and started screaming 'It's a disgrace'. He was tackled by somebody and it was only after that I realised it was the Canadian ambassador.

"The whole thing lasted about a minute. The Canadian ambassador grabbed him. there was a struggle and gardaí wrestled him to the ground.

"Without hesitation he [Mr Vickers] jumped out from the middle of dignitaries"

A garda spokesman said: "A man in his 40s has been arrested in relation to a public order incident at a ceremony in Grangegorman just after mid-day.

"He has been arrested under section four of the criminal justice act."

One attendee said the incident did not interrupt the remainder of the ceremony.

Attendees included Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe TD, and British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott.

Speaking at the event Minister Flanagan said the commemoration was "symbolic of the reconciliation" between Ireland and Britain.

The ceremony included readings of accounts of the Rising, music and prayers.

There was a solemn wreath-laying ceremony followed by a minute of silent reflection and a piper's lament, and the raising of the Irish national flag to full mast.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian ambassador said: "We are not commenting on this incident."

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