Porter tied up in raid on hotel

by Ian Begley

Gardai are investigating an armed robbery at Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan where a 27-year-old night porter was tied up and €6,000 in cash stolen.
The incident, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, October 27, involved two armed raiders bringing the porter into a back office at the luxury hotel before forcing him to hand over the sum of money.
They then threatened him before tying him up and escaping in a silver Audi A5.
One of the men, who are both reported as being Irish, was thought to be armed with a handgun during the robbery.
Gardai were notified at about 4.10am later that morning.
A Garda spokesperson said no arrests had been made as yet, adding: “We are now looking at CCTV footage of the incident and are hoping that we will find something from our tactical evidence to help us in our investigation.
“We have found no links between this incident and the previous robberies that have happened in the [hotel] recently.”
This armed robbery is the second to occur at Finnstown House Hotel in the past 18 months.
In August 2014, raiders stole €10,000 before threatening to kill three employees and tying them up. One criminal on this occasion was armed with a handgun and managed to get access to a safe where the money was kept. Searches were carried out throughout a number of counties in Ireland but no arrests have been made.
In May of last year, a large bomb device was discovered on the hotel’s grounds which forced the evacuation of its staff and guests. The man arrested, Samuel Devlin (55), remains in custody until next February when his trial is due to take place.
Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact the Garda confidential line on 01 800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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