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Sunday 17 December 2017

City traffic at standstill over man on roof

THERE was traffic chaos in Dublin as the city centre was was brought to a standstill when a man climbed onto Dame Street rooftops.

Gardai were called to the scene at 10.30 am yesterday after the man in his early 20s was spotted on top of a statue on the Abercrombie and Fitch building on the main thoroughfare. The man then moved across to the apex of the roof of the neighbouring Ulster Bank, where he stayed for over four hours.

He was later safely taken away from the scene.

The incident caused severe traffic delays in the city centre, with gardai and AA Roadwatch advising people to avoid the area for much of the early afternoon.

Dame Street and College Green remained closed to traffic for almost five hours yesterday as the road was sealed off and crowds gathered at the site.

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Four fire brigades, gardai and an ambulance were at the scene as they tried to bring the man to safety.

Traffic and buses were diverted at the junction of Dame Street and South Great George's Street, while pedestrians trying to access the area were diverted through Temple Bar.

The man was initially bare-chested for the first two hours before he covered his torso with a blue T-shirt and grey hoody.

He left his vantage point several times to talk to two garda negotiators from behind a chimney breast above the bank, and also came close to falling at one point when he appeared to lose his balance.

Eyewitnesses said that the man gained access to the roof-top via the scaffolding at a building site opposite Trinity College.

No arrests were made in relation to the incident and gardai said that he left the rooftop before 3pm without incident.

Road and pedestrian access to College Green reopened shortly after 3pm.

hnews@herald.ie

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