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Woman questioned after car crashes into Government Buildings

The woman in her 50s was detained after the incident at the entrance gates to the Department of Taoiseach in Merrion Street Upper, Dublin.

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The car crashed into the gates of Government Buildings in Merrion Street Upper (Brian Lawless/PA)

The car crashed into the gates of Government Buildings in Merrion Street Upper (Brian Lawless/PA)

The car crashed into the gates of Government Buildings in Merrion Street Upper (Brian Lawless/PA)

A woman arrested after a car crashed at the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin continued to be questioned by Irish police on Tuesday night.

The woman, in her 50s, was detained after the incident at the entrance gates to the Department of Taoiseach in Merrion Street Upper in Dublin city centre.

She was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station, where she was being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

A civil servant who witnessed the incident said she heard a bang before seeing the gold Nissan Micra at the main steel gate.

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Government Buildings at Merrion Street Upper, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Government Buildings at Merrion Street Upper, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Government Buildings at Merrion Street Upper, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “There was confusion over what happened.

“There was a bit of commotion as people didn’t know what happened. A few people went to the driver to see if she was OK but she didn’t seem to be injured.”

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There was only minor damage to the car, and there were no reports of any injuries.

Gardai are still investigating the circumstances of the crash, but they have ruled out any link to terrorism.

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There was only minor damage to the car, and there were no reports of any injuries (Niall Carson/PA)

There was only minor damage to the car, and there were no reports of any injuries (Niall Carson/PA)

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There was only minor damage to the car, and there were no reports of any injuries (Niall Carson/PA)

The vehicle remained at the scene for some time while officers investigated, but was later removed.

Gardai are able to hold and question the arrested woman for up to 24 hours.

A spokesman for the Department of Taoiseach said: “We understand this matter is now under investigation by the Gardai and therefore it would not be appropriate to comment further.”


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