A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to an incident in which a woman armed with knives refused to leave a shop during a four-hour stand-off in Tralee last Friday.
The incident – which saw Castle Street closed to traffic and pedestrians – came to a peaceful conclusion just after 8pm. At about 4 o’clock on Friday afternoon, a woman in her early 30s and from the north Cork area, entered a Halal meat shop on Lower Castle Street. Following an exchange with staff – who left the premises – the woman, who was armed with knives, remained on the property and refused to leave. There followed a four-hour stand-off between the woman and gardaí as well as members of the Garda Armed Response Unit. The street was closed while the stand-off continued which caused considerable traffic disruption in the town centre. The woman was taken from the premises shortly after 8pm. Nobody was injured during the incident. The woman was taken into garda custody and was later released without charge. A garda spokesperson said a file on the matter is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.