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All change: Sabrina Amodeo and her daughter Maxine, the owners of the Tuscany Bistro, in Castletroy, Limerick. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

All change: Sabrina Amodeo and her daughter Maxine, the owners of the Tuscany Bistro, in Castletroy, Limerick. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

All change: Sabrina Amodeo and her daughter Maxine, the owners of the Tuscany Bistro, in Castletroy, Limerick. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

A Limerick restaurant owner says she has been forced to accept "cashless" transactions only in response to three break-ins in three months at her premises.

Sabrina Amodeo, owner of the Tuscany Bistro Italian restaurant in Castletroy, has launched a fightback against the burglars.

"We really feel it is time to go cashless. It's safer for our employees, and safer for our business. Hopefully those who are causing us such hassle will bugger off now," Ms Amodeo said.

The restaurant was burgled twice in two days, on April 18 and April 19, and again last Saturday.

No money was taken in the break-ins, however Ms Amodeo said she has been left "stressed out", and footing a large bill for repairs to smashed doors, windows and locks.

She has had to fork out for additional security systems, she said.

The burglars managed to smash their way through a "steel door" using pick axes and heavy implements.

She is now going "cashless" at her Castletroy restaurant and her other two bistros.

Irish Independent