A woman and her daughter were kidnapped early this morning after several armed and masked men entered their home in north Dublin.
The women were kidnapped from Gracefield road in Artane at approximately 5am and driven from the area in a white or silver VW Caddy van, with partial registration number 09.
They were driven around for a number of hours and later found by Gardai in the Dunboyne area of County Meath. Both females were found tied and bound in the back of the van in the vicinity of Chestnut Grove estate.
At the same time the male occupant of the house was forced to attend work at his place of employment with a cash in transit company and forced to hand over a substantial sum of money in the vicinity of Corballis Road Business Park.
Fortunately, the victims involved did not suffer any physical injury but are traumatised by the events.
Gardai are appealing for the public's assistance in respect of suspicious activity in a number of specific locations between the hours of 8pm.
Any suspicious activity between the Artane Roundabout, Gracefield Road and its surrounding areas. They are appealing for anybody who may have witnesses any suspicious activity in respect of the aforementioned vehicle in the areas mentioned.
Gardaí are also appealing for information on a small white box type van which was parked in the vincinity of Corballis Road Business Park between 7am and 8.30am today.
An incident room has been set up at Coolock Garda Station and anyone with information is asked to contact gardai on 01-6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Images this morning show armed gardai approaching the GLS security cash-in-transit van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport.