Nine men are in Garda custody after a siege ends at a cash and carry store in Fairview, Dublin.

Gardaí were alerted that an armed robbery was taking place Leyden's Cash and Carry, on Richmond Road, Dublin. The gunmen appear to have made the decision to take staff and customers hostage when they realised the alarm had been raised. During a siege lasting twelve and a half hours, the armed gang of eight men spoke to a Garda negotiator, solicitor Myles Shevlin, and Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Dr James Kavanagh.

Indicating that they had surrendered, the gunmen were led outside to waiting police vans just before 12.30am and were transported to the Bridewell Garda Station. The remaining hostages were then escorted outside by Gardaí.

Prior to the surrender the eight men smashed their handguns and two sawn off shotguns, which were removed by An Garda Síochána.

Garda Commissioner Edmund Garvey said the situation was very difficult.

Most of them were very young and I don't think had much experience handling weapons, which is a dangerous thing.

Hostage Bernard Ward tells RTÉ News that they played card games to pass the time, and their captors lit a fire for warmth.

We were treated very well.

Another hostage who was given a bullet as a souvenir believes that gunshots heard during the siege were not intentionally fired,

A gun they had went off on two was a complete accident.

Garda Commissioner Edmund Garvey is pleased with the outcome.

A satisfactory conclusion as far as I was concerned…patience is a virtue.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 November 1977. The reporters are Colm Connolly and Michael Walsh.