Update 2.30pm: Gardaí have ruled out any terror link after a car crashed into the gates of Government Buildings. However, it is unclear what caused the crash.
A woman, in her 50s, was arrested after driving into the entrance gates to the Department of Taoiseach in Merrion Street Upper in Dublin.
She was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station, where she is 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.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “There was confusion over what happened. I thought she lost control and crashed into the gate but I’m not sure any more –.
“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.”
There was only minor damage to the car, and there were no reports of any injuries.
It was thought the driver might have been trying to negotiate the entrance (Brian Lawless/PA)
Gardaí are still investigating the circumstances of the crash, but they have ruled out any link to terrorism.
The vehicle remained at the scene for some time while officers investigated, but was later been removed.
Gardaí 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 Gardaí and therefore it would not be appropriate to comment further.”
– Press Association
Update 11.55am: Video: Woman (50s) arrested after car crashes into gates of Government Buildings
A woman in her 50s has been arrested after a car crashed into the gate of Government Buildings.
It is understood the woman, who is an Irish national, attempted to drive the gold Micra Nissan through the entrance in Merrion Street Upper shortly after 10am on Tuesday.
Damage to the front of the Nissan Micra after the crash (Niall Carson/PA)
No injuries were reported.
Gardaí arrested the driver of the car at the scene and she was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station.
Gardaí say their investigation is ongoing however they have ruled out terrorism as a possible motive.
– Digital Desk & PA
Earlier: Woman arrested after car crashes into gates of Government Buildings
A woman has been arrested after a car crashed through the gates of Government Buildings this morning.
The woman in her 50s was arrested at the scene on Merrion Street in Dublin City Centre.
She is being questioned at Pearse Street Garda station.
No one was injured in the incident.
– Digital Desk