Page last updated at 11:26 GMT, Friday, 11 April 2008 12:26 UK

Taser used in first Irish arrest

Taser guns hit their target with 50,000 volts

A Taser has been used for the first time by police in Ireland during an arrest in Limerick city.

The weapon was deployed by the gardai's emergency response unit as officers arrested a 46-year-old man just before 2300 BST on Thursday.

A pistol and ammunition were later found. The arrest was in connection with the continuing criminal feud in the city which has claimed 10 lives.

While Tasers are available to the PSNI, they have not yet been used.

The so-called 'stun guns', which hit their target with 50,000 volts, are already used by police in other parts of the UK.

"A Taser was deployed during the course of the arrest and an automatic pistol and two magazines were recovered," a garda spokesman said.

"The man is currently detained at Henry Street Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The man can be held for up to 72 hours.

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