An axe-wielding raider tried to hold up a Co Kildare building society today.
A man in his 40s was arrested a short distance from the EBS in Leixlip after the attempted robbery.
A Garda spokesman said the hold-up took place on Mill Lane just after 9am when a man confronted a female member of staff.
The would-be robber demanded cash but was forced to flee empty handed.
The arrested man was held near the EBS and an axe was also recovered near the scene.
No-one was injured in the hold-up.
The Garda spokesman said the arrested man, aged in his early 40s, was being detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He was taken for questioning at Leixlip Garda Station.