Armed raiders spray Mace in workers' faces during robbery
Two armed men used Mace to blind workers at a south-west Dublin pub while trying to rob the premises with a hammer and a hatchet.
The raid took place shortly before 9.30pm on Saturday when the Kiltipper Inn in Tallaght was busy with punters on the eve of the All-Ireland football final.
The raiders had their faces covered as they arrived at the premises, and tried to enter through the front door.
However a security worker held the door closed - despite the thugs smashing the window with the handle of the hatchet.
They then ran into the off-licence next door, where sources said one of the men produced a can of Mace.
He used the chemical spray on staff and customers who were in the small store.
The pair also threatened to hit customers with the hammer and hatchet, although it is not believed that they were used during the incident.
As the staff members were blinded, one raider ran behind the counter and ripped the till from the cash register before fleeing.
A garda spokesperson confirmed that they attended a robbery at the premises at 9.35pm on Saturday.
No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident, and officers from Tallaght Garda Station are investigating.
The suspects fled the area in a car in the direction of Cushlawn Park, and it is being investigated whether a burnt-out vehicle recovered in the Killinarden area is linked to the robbery.
Sources said a three-figure sum was taken during the robbery and that staff have been left shaken as a result of the terrifying incident.
"The staff are understandably shook up by what has happened, it's not a great situation to happen to anyone.
"The use of Mace is one that gardai wouldn't see too often during robberies, at least not being used," the source said yesterday.
Last year almost 170 robberies from an establishment and related offences were recorded in the Tallaght district, compared to 187 in 2014.
The most recent available statistics show that 33 similar crimes were reported in the first three months of this year.