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Burglars threatened to shoot kids

A VICIOUS Dublin based burglary gang threatened to shoot children during a violent break-in.

Dad-of-four Gerry Garvey was handcuffed and his 16-year-old daughter bound with cable ties as the gang ordered his wife to give them money from the safe.

The vicious thugs then put a sawn-off shotgun to his head and threatened to kill his wife and children if they didn't comply with their demands.

Today a Dublin suspect was in custody following the terrifying raid.

The 41-year-old from Clondalkin and a second suspect (48), from Cork, were being quizzed about the burglary.

The shocking raid came as the Garda Commissioner promised a crackdown on burglaries in an Operation, codenamed Fiacla (Teeth).

Mr Garvey, his wife Anne, and their children -- a twin boy and girl, aged 16 and twin boy and girl, aged 14 -- were held hostage at their home in Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, by three men on Monday night.

The gang made off with a sum believed to be in the region of €4,000.