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An Garda Siochana have issued a statement and an appeal for witnesses following the death of a man on O’Connell Street this morning.

In the statement, Gardai detail that a member of An Garda Siochana – who was on beat duty at the time – requested that two men be monitored on Garda CCTV in the area. The two men then became involved in a physical altercation, with the member of An Garda Siochana immediately responding.

The statement from An Garda Siochana continued: “On arrival [at the scene], the Garda observed one male had been stabbed and attempted to render first aid assisted by members of the public. The Garda had already circulated a description of the second male and a second Garda on beat patrol in the Marlborough Street area arrested the suspect.

“A man (age unknown) was taken to the Mater Hospital with apparent stab wounds and was pronounced dead shortly after. The man was removed to Dublin City Morgue in Whitehall where a post-mortem is expected to take place later today by State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.”

In the statement, Gardai also addressed the significant disruption to Luas and Bus services in the city as a result of the closure of O’Connell Street while an investigation is carried out.

The statement said: ” An Garda Síochána are aware that this incident has caused significant disruption within Dublin City Centre this morning, and are working to minimize this disruption as quickly as possible, however An Garda Síochána is conscious that a full and thorough investigation into this Fatal incident must be carried out.”

Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have been in the areas of Cathal Brugha Street, O’Connell Street, Marlborough Street between 1am and 2am this morning to contact Gardai.

They have also asked for anyone that may have mobile phone footage of the incident, or dashcam footage to make contact with Gardai at Store St Garda Station on 01 6668000 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666111.