€7.5m raid hostages taking a legal action against bank
A mother and daughter held hostage during the Republic's biggest bank raid have launched a legal action against Bank of Ireland (BoI).
Stephanie Smith and her mother Joan feared for their lives when they were seized by armed raiders and held hostage in February 2009. Stephanie's five-year-old nephew was also held as raiders forced her partner Shane Travers to take €7.5m from the BoI College Green vault where he worked.
It later emerged Mr Travers had only been able to get the money because he had shown colleagues pictures of raiders pointing a gun at his bound girlfriend.
Reports also claimed the gardai were not alerted to the incident until Mr Travers was on his way to drop off the cash at Clontarf Dart station. Established protocol on tiger kidnappings requires banks to notify the gardai immediately.
Stephanie and her family escaped with minor injuries but told gardai they feared for their lives. Documents lodged with the courts show Stephanie and her mother have filed lawsuits against BoI in the High Court.