A WOMAN and her eight-year-old daughter were tied up during a terrifying burglary where the raiders got away with €20,000.
Four men held 43-year-old Lesley Geoghegan and the little girl captive in the family home for 20 minutes while they ransacked a safe.
The gang made off with more than €20,000 in cash.
Ms Geoghegan's partner, Sean Murray, was at work in his dentist practice when the gang forced their way into the luxury bungalow, Casana Lodge, in Casana View, Howth, Co Dublin.
Two men called to the front door at 9.15am and when it was opened by Ms Geoghegan they pushed past her and then allowed two more accomplices to gain entry to the house from the rear.
The gang members, who were armed with what was described as a nail-studded bar, told their terrified victims they would be harmed if Ms Geoghegan did not hand over the keys to the safe.
The mother and daughter were bound with plastic ties while the thugs searched the safe and took the cash.
The gang made off in the family's 4x4 vehicle, an 07- registered Honda CR-V, which was found abandoned a short time later in Howth village.
Gardai believe the raiders then switched to another vehicle. They have asked anybody who saw a group of men transferring between vehicles at between 9.20am and 9.30am in the village yesterday to contact them.
In the meantime, Ms Geoghegan managed to free herself from her bonds.
She quickly released her daughter and then alerted the gardai and her shocked partner, Dr Murray (41).
Neither of the victims was injured during the robbery but both were said to have been badly traumatised.
Mr Murray is the owner of a number of dental surgeries in Dublin, including premises in Baldoyle and at North Strand.
Last night, investigating gardai were trying to establish whether the family's home had been selected in an opportunistic raid or if the robbers had been tipped off that the cash was in the house.
Anyone with information can contact the gardai in Howth at 01 6664900. The confidential line is 1800 666111.