Irish Minister Held at Gunpoint in Hotel Heist

Pol among hostages taken, released in $26K resort robbery
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2008 7:51 AM CST
The town of Bray, south of Dublin. An Irish government minister was held at gunpoint today when 3 attackers robbed a hotel there.   (©nz_willowherb)
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(Newser) – A minister in the Irish government was among those taken hostage this morning during a robbery at a resort hotel outside Dublin. Three attackers approached Dick Roche, the European affairs minister, from behind as he was leaving the hotel's pool and shoved a sawed-off shotgun into his back. Roche was unharmed, reports the BBC, but the robbers made off with about $26,000.