A Killenaule family are today trying to come to terms with a terrifying ordeal having been kidnapped at thier own home and threatened by armed raiders in the early hours on Thursday morning.
Seven men are now in Garda custody after members of the armed response unit intercepted key suspects following the break in at a house in Burnchurch Killenaule at around 3:00am- the raiders tried to gain entry through the front door but when they failed, they smashed through the front window instead.
They terrorised Mark and Emma Corcoran and their three children, all girls under the age of eight, and demanded cash. The parents were tied up during their horrific ordeal as members of the gang robbed cash, jewellery and other property from the house. The children were threatened as were their parents in what one of the worst such cases seen locally for many years.The gang also stole the family’s car and the seven then made their escape. Shortly afterwards gardai stopped a car near Portlaoise and detained five men.
Around 9am yesterday officers intercepted the stolen family car - a Kia Sportage SUV which has a 2.5 litre engine - at Newlands Cross and arrested two other suspects. It’s understood that these men - aged 26 and 29 - “laid low” for a couple of hours before attempting to make their return to Dublin.
Gardai traced the car and made every effort to make a “controlled stop” during rush hours traffic. However, in the end they were forced to ram the car in order to bring it to a stop. No injuries were sustained during the incident.
The seven suspects are now being held in a number of stations across Co Tipperary.
All seven men are being held for questioning under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act today and can be detained without charge for up to three days.
The seven are from Coolock - the Priorswood, Moatview and Belcamp areas - on the northside of Dublin and are suspected to comprise one of the major travelling gangs, who have been operating from their bases in the capital and using the network of motorways to carry out burglaries across the country.