GARDAI are on the hunt for two men who tied up and robbed a couple only yards from the home of Social Protection Minister Joan Burton.
The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday as two children slept upstairs.
The raiders broke into the house in Dublin's Old Cabra Road near the railway bridge at 3.10am on Saturday when three adults and two children were sleeping inside.
They used plastic cable ties to bind the hands of two of the adults and then threatened them with violence, gardai said.
Two barristers live in the house, but there was not a substantial amount of cash or valuables in the property.
Gardai said they believed the burglars had mistaken the property as belonging to someone else.
The men, who had Dublin accents, escaped with less than €500.
Nobody was hurt in the aggravated burglary, and the children remained asleep throughout the incident.
Ms Burton was not available for comment last night.
Other neighbours said they did not hear or see anything at the time, but had since been visited by gardai carrying out house-to-house inquiries about the crime.
Gardai are investigating the incident and have asked for the assistance of the public.
In particular, they are interested in speaking to anyone who was in the vicinity of two areas of Cabra between 2.30am and 4.30am on Saturday and who may have seen anything suspicious.
The first site is the old JJ Reid's garage on the Old Cabra Road.
The second site is between the Topaz garage and Cabra Cross on the New Cabra Road.
One of the suspects was described as being between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, of thin build and was wearing a black woolly hat.
He wore a navy jacket and khaki combat trousers.
The second man was described as being approximately 5ft 11ins tall and larger in build than the other.
He also wore a black woolly hat as well as navy combat-style trousers.
Any person with any information is asked to contact Bridewell garda station on 01 6668200.
Alternatively, they may call , the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.