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Taxi driver held up at gunpoint in estate

GARDAI have launched a major investigation after a taxi was hijacked at gunpoint.

The shocking incident happened at a housing estate at Tyrrelstown, west Dublin, shortly before 5am today.

The drama unfolded when the taxi driver picked up a man - believed to be in his 30s and from Dublin - in Gardiner Street in the north inner city.

The passenger asked the driver to bring him to Tyrrelstown but when they reached the destination, the suspect produced what is being described as "a small handgun" and threatened the driver, who is understood to be from Africa.

The driver's phone, cash and car keys were stolen and the gunman forced the driver out of the car before speeding off in his silver Toyota Avensis, which had the taxi sign on the roof.


The taxi driver was uninjured in the incident but is said to be "deeply traumatised".

At the time of going to press, no-one has been arrested and the car had not been recovered.

Gardai from Blanchardstown are investigating.

Just under three hours later in a separate incident at James Joyce Street in the north inner city, gardai arrested one man after three thugs attempted to rob a taxi man.

He is currently in custody at Store Street Garda Station.