An attempted art theft fails at the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery in Dublin.
The gang entered the gallery shortly after it opened at 9.30 am. Staff were rounded up and handcuffed in a room. One member of staff was then taken at gunpoint to the room where the Lane Collection of pictures is housed in the gallery. The gallery is currently undergoing extensive renovations which may have prompted the raiders to think that they would have easier access to its holdings.
The raiders wore boiler suits, gloves and balaclavas, holding guns, handcuffs, chains and screw drivers. The gang began removing Renoir's 'Le Parapluie' when alarm bells signalled.
The Lane Collection, the object of the raid, is one of the foremost collections of contemporary art.
The Lane Collection is held jointly under the terms of Sir Hugh Lane's will by the Municipal Gallery and the National Gallery in London.
Reporter Mícheál Ó hUanacháin reports from outside the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art where he speaks to American tourists and sisters Robin and Kim Conan who were in the gallery when the raid took place. Robin describes how one of the raiders wielding a baseball bat and instructing them to "hit the floor". She was then handcuffed to two security guards. Kim carries on the story describing how the alarm was triggered and the raiders escaped.
An RTÉ News report by Mícheál Ó hUanacháin broadcast on 28 June 1986.