Trio held in attempted kidnap probe
Three men have been arrested by detectives investigating an attempted tiger kidnapping nine months ago.
A security worker, his pregnant wife and their two-year-old son were targeted at their home at Kilmeade, near Athy, Co Kildare, last April.
The planned abduction was foiled when a panic alarm was set off in the house.
A Garda spokesman said three men were arrested in Dublin on Tuesday morning under new anti-gangland legislation.
"Two are in their late 30s and are being detained in Naas and Newbridge Garda stations, and one in his late 40s is being detained in Leixlip Garda station," he said. "All are being detained under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 as amended."
The security worker, who was aged in his 30s and working for the G4S Cash Solutions company, was leaving for work when the gang struck at 5am on April 27. It is understood his pregnant wife activated a panic alarm given to employees as part of improved security arrangements. No-one was injured in the raid.
A white van which the gang had been using was left at the scene and detectives believe four armed men may have been picked up nearby in a getaway car.
Elsewhere, Gardai are investigating an armed raid on a cash-in- transit security van at Drogheda Industrial Estate, Co Louth. Four men are said to have been involved in the incident.
A Garda spokesman said two approached a security van operative and threatened him with what appears to have been a shotgun.
He said: "A cash box was taken with an amount of cash. The men made their escape in red car, reg 97-D, which was recovered a short time later at Knightswood Estate, outside Drogheda."