Around 10,000 Eircom broadband customers in counties Cavan and Monaghan have been disconnected after a fibre optic cable was cut during a robbery early this morning.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident at Scotshouse near Clones. Raiders cut cables before breaking into a small shop in the village.

700 telephone customers have also been affected.

A spokesperson for Eircom said they are working to repair the cable and expect to have services restored by early afternoon.