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Armed robbery in Coolock causes three Dublin flights to be diverted to Shannon

The DAA said an Aer Lingus flight from Gatwick, an Aer Lingus Flight from Brussels and a Ryanair flight from Las Palmas were all diverted to Shannon.

THREE FLIGHTS WERE diverted earlier because of an armed robbery at a Dublin shopping centre in which two men were arrested.

Air traffic control at Dublin Airport had to give priority to the garda helicopter, which was involved in the search for the men, after a cash-in-transit van was held up at Clare Hall shopping centre on the Malahide Road.

A spokesperson from the Dublin Airport Authority told that an Aer Lingus flight from Gatwick, an Aer Lingus Flight from Brussels and a Ryanair flight from Las Palmas were all diverted to Shannon at around 11am.

The robbery happened at around 10.30am when one man threatened a CIT employee with a gun. The culprit fled the scene in a nearby getaway car with the cash box from the van.

Shortly afterwards, Gardaí received a call about suspicious behaviour on a nearby road. Two men were arrested at the scene and are currently being held at Coolock Garda station.

A burnt out car similar to the one used in the robbery was found a short time later.

Gardaí have asked anyone who witnessed the robbery to contact Coolock Garda station on 01 666 4200.

Read: Two arrested over armed robbery at Dublin shopping centre >

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