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The Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton was unharmed after being threatened at gunpoint last night outside the team’s hotel in Portmarnock.

The Irish Garda subsequently arrested a man in for firearms offences following a chase on to a nearby beach.

It is understood that Staunton was approached outside the main entrance to the side’s hotel early last night and threatened with what appeared to be a gun. The former Aston Villa defender ran inside the hotel and reported the incident. Police arrived and chased the suspect on to a nearby beach where he was apprehended.

The Football Association of Ireland confirmed that Staunton had not been harmed in the incident.

“He is absolutely fine and looking forward to taking the team for training tomorrow as normal,” confirmed a spokesman.

“Gardai in Malahide arrested a man this evening following an armed incident in Portmarnock,” said a spokesman for the local police last night.

“We have that man in custody. “He was arrested in the vicinity under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, with Gardai continuing to search the area for the weapon.” Police later confirmed that the suspect is believed to have a history of psychiatric problems.

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