Lidl have made a statement regarding staff at their Tallaght store

Randal Sanchez
March 4, 2018

9 men have appeared in court charged in connection with a number of incidents in Tallaght last night.

More people on social media uploaded details that followed, including what looked like the safe from that Lidl store, in the middle of suburban road, and that same stolen machinery equipment being used to attempt to open it.

"As our store in Fortunestown Lane was closed when the incident occurred this evening, we can confirm no member of our team has been injured".

They were brought before the Criminal Courts of Justice after a Lidl supermarket in Fortunestown Lane was looted and bulldozed with a digger.

Gardaí say eight men - aged between 24 and 47 - have now been charged with various offences, including theft, burglary and trespassing.

A ninth man, in his 30s, has been arrested for handling stolen property.

JOE reader Liam Gaughan sent in this video of the Lidl store today, and in the broad light of day, the substantial damage to the semi-demolished store is much more visible.

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Irish Police said in a statement: "Following reports of burglary and theft of vehicles, Garda units deployed in the Tallaght District and nine arrests were made to date".

Another premises in Jobstown was also damaged last night.

Garda Caroline Kelly from Crumlin Garda Station told the court that Mr Gneizevicius was arrested at 9pm on Friday March 2 and was detained under Section 4.

"I would like to condemn in the strongest terms, the actions of the gang who targeted Lidl today and for putting a strain of the stretched resources of gardaí and emergency services during the worst weather the country has seen", he said.

"The type of outrageous behaviour we witnessed tonight has no place in our community".

Another councillor Cathal King said the local community was "absolutely fuming". "Given that the incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation we are not in a position to comment further at this time".

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