Monday 23 October 2017

Varadkar and campaign team caught up in robbery

Leo Varadkar. Photo: James Connolly
Leo Varadkar. Photo: James Connolly
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said he is relieved no one was hurt in a dramatic armed robbery he witnessed last night.

With fears over gangland violence hitting fever pitch, Mr Varadkar saw an armed robber flee a Spar store in Carpenters Town, Castleknock, as he set out on a canvass with his constituency team.

The men - one armed with a sword and the other with a gun - threatened terrified staff and members of the public before fleeing with cash.

The robbery happened at 7pm in the heart of Mr Varadkar's and Tánaiste Joan Burton's Dublin West constituency.

It is understood Fianna Fáil candidate Jack Chambers was also on the scene, as was Green Party councillor Roderick O'Gorman.

It is unclear if the weapon used in the robbery was replica or genuine gun but locals were shocked by the incident.

Last night, Mr Varadkar said he was "relieved" no-one was hurt during the robbery in his local Spar, which he shops in "all the time".

The minister witnessed one of the thieves leaving the scene of the robbery.

"A guy ran by me but it was all over by the time I arrived," Mr Varadkar told the Irish Independent.

"Unfortunately, burglaries affect every area of the country in recent year and I'm just glad no-one was hurt or harmed."

Staff and customers were terrified during the hold-up as the men threatened to harm them if they did not get cash.

Gardaí from Blanchardstown are investigating.

Irish Independent

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