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Thursday 8 December 2016

Minister is left 'shocked' by high street van raid

Scene of the raid in Tallaght
Scene of the raid in Tallaght

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone was caught up in a cash-in-transit raid only metres from her constituency office in Tallaght.

Ms Zappone was talking to local councillor Charlie O'Connor when raiders targeted a G4S security van making a cash drop at the Bank of Ireland on Main Street just before noon on Monday.

One of the gang pepper-sprayed a security guard before grabbing a cash box containing an estimated €50,000 and fleeing to a waiting car.

Commotion

A member of the public who witnessed the robbery drove his van across the path of the getaway car in an effort to stop it.

However, the raiders drove on to the footpath and severely damaged the side of their car as they made their escape.

"We were just standing and talking on the street when we noticed a bit of a commotion," Mr O'Connor told the Herald.

"We could hear horns and alarms going off and our attention was drawn to it, but we weren't sure what was happening. I went up to the bank to see what had happened and found out about the robbery, so I went back to Katherine and told her.

"We were both amazed by it, really. It's shocking to think of it now."

Mr O'Connor praised the driver who put his own property and safety at risk to try to stop the raiders from escaping.

The garda investigation into the robbery, and another unconnected one at the same time at the Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas, is continuing.

Ms Zappone (62) declined to comment on the cash-in-transit raid.

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