A group of cruise tourists spending a day in Dublin, took home some memorable pictures after they watched a swordsman breach security on the Dail plinth.
As I was emerging from the National Libraray I spotted the visitors snapping away busily outside the gates of Leinster House as a brawny young man was being 'escorted' by Gardai into a squad car.
A few minutes earlier he slipped into the Dail plinth when a gate opened to allow access to a truck. Brandishing a large sword, he waved it about theatrically, much to the delight of the visitors who also saw the intruder being rugby tackled by Gardai.
It sure beat the usual images of intense-looking politicians talking into media mikes.