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Bank worker held over €7m raid

Published 29/01/2010 | 10:37

A Bank of Ireland worker is being questioned over a suspected inside job in the biggest ever robbery in the history of the State.

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The 25-year-old man was arrested on Thursday morning in Dublin over the €7m record heist at the bank's flagship College Green branch last February.

He is being held in Naas garda station in Co Kildare.

The heist was carried out after an armed gang targeted a bank worker, his girlfriend, her mother and six-year-old nephew in a tiger-kidnapping.

An organised crime gang in Dublin was blamed.

Employee Shane Travers, from the north of the city, was forced at gunpoint to drive to work as normal but show a photograph of the kidnap to work colleagues before filling laundry bags with cash from the vaults.

More than €1m of the stolen cash was recovered in a series of raids on homes and cars across Dublin city about 12 hours after the robbery.

On the day of the robbery, Justice Minister Dermot Ahern expressed concern at how bank staff had access to such huge amounts of cash.

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richard Boucher also sent an email reminding employees to follow tried and trusted steps to foil tiger kidnaps.

At the time the robbery was likened to the IRA Northern Bank heist in Belfast just before Christmas 2004.

Gardai said the arrested man had been detained on the outskirts of Dublin early on Thursday and was being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The arrested man can be held for a total of three days.

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