Mother and child tied up by robbers in Howth, County Dublin

A woman and her eight-year-old daughter were tied up during an armed robbery in Howth outside Dublin on Friday morning.

A number of men forced their way into the house at Casana View in the village at about 09:15 GMT.

They tied up the 43-year-old woman and her daughter, threatened them and demanded money, before taking a substantial amount of cash from a safe.

The mother managed to free herself and her child after the robbers left before raising the alarm.

The gang spent about 20 minutes in the house before leaving with the family car which was later found abandoned in Howth.

The woman's partner, a dentist, was not in the house at the time.

Irish police said the mother and child remained deeply traumatised, but were otherwise unhurt.

They have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.