A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested by gardaí investigating a robbery in Carpenterstown, Dublin 15 on Tuesday.
A number of election candidates got caught up in the raid at the Spar shop, including health minister Leo Varadkar, who saw one of the thieves flee the scene.
The men, armed with what was described as a gun and a machete, entered the shop at Carpenterstown Shopping Centre at around 7pm threatening staff and customers.
Cash was removed from the tills and items were taken from a number of customers before the men fled on foot.
According to a statement from gardaí today:
“During a search and arrest operation in Dublin this morning a 21-year-old male was arrested by Gardaí from the Blanchardstown Detective Unit.
“He is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Blanchardstown Garda Station.
“The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.”
Varadkar said staff had been shaken by the incident. He spoke with justice minister Frances Fitzgerald after the event, on Tuesday night.