A WOMAN in her 80s has been left traumatised after being tied up and gagged during a terrifying raid on her home.
Two thugs gained entry to the elderly lady's home in Hazelbury Green, Clonee in North Dublin last Thursday morning.
The incident unfolded at around 8.30am.
It is understood that the raiders posed as workmen and were wearing high-vis jackets.
The 82-year-old woman was dragged upstairs, the men tied her hands behind her back and her mouth was gagged with duct tape.
The duo then ransacked her home, looking for cash and other valuables.
When they were unable to locate anything, they returned to the woman and ripped the duct tape from her mouth.
They then took her around the house, demanding she show them where valuables were hidden.
Gardai have said the men are described as being in the mid to late 20s, with short brown hair.
The men were forced to leave empty-handed however, and made their escape in a white van. No arrests have been made in relation to the incident and investigations continue.
The shocking incident is the latest in a string of burglaries in the capital.
Thousands of euro worth of jewellery was stolen in a raid on the home of a 70-year-old man on the Monkstown Road, south Dublin in a raid at the end of January.
The victim heard noise outside and when he went to investigate he was confronted by two raiders, one of whom was armed with garden shears.
He was forced back into the apartment and was punched several times in the face and head. He was subjected to a torrent of abuse and threats from the pair who continued to beat him as they demanded cash and jewellery.
The criminals, who spoke with Traveller accents, tied the man's hands and demanded to know where he kept his jewellery.
They then fled with a valuable haul and a small amount of cash.
Elsewhere, a couple in their 60s were held at knife-point and were viciously assaulted in an aggravated burglary at their Clondalkin home earlier this month.
Two raiders made off with a four-figure sum of cash.