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Armed robbers make getaway in taxi after Bank of Ireland College Green branch raid

ARMED raiders have made their getaway in a taxi after holding up Bank of Ireland's flagship branch in central Dublin.

Two men carried out the audacious heist after walking into the historic College Green building - formerly Ireland's Houses of Parliament - at around 11.40am today.

It is believed they were armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

The pair demanded cash at the busy branch, opposite Trinity College, before making off on foot into nearby Temple Bar.

Gardai said the duo then hijacked a taxi before fleeing the scene towards the south quays, in the direction of Heuston Station.

No shots were fired during the robbery and no one was injured.

It is understood the robbers made off with a "modest" sum from the teller's cash drawer after threatening staff at the branch.

There was no attempt to access the bank's vaults.

Gardai are viewing CCTV footage from the outlet and other businesses in the area.

Bank of Ireland said the branch would remain closed for the remainder of the day. A spokeswoman said they would not comment on security issues.

The country's largest ever bank heist was carried out on the same landmark premises in February 2009 when €7.6m was taken from the premises.

A junior bank worker was forced to empty the city centre vault while his girlfriend, his girlfriend's mother and her grandson were held hostage at gunpoint.

Almost €2m of the stolen cash was later recovered.

PA Media