Gardaí at Balbriggan have launched an investigation following the abduction of the spouse of a bank official from her home in Hacketstown, Skerries, Co Dublin.

Shortly after 8am this morning two males came to the front door of the house and took the woman, who is in her 50s, away in a car.

The men demanded that the bank official hand over a sum of money to them.

At about 1pm, the woman was released. She did not receive any physical injuries. No money was handed over.

Gardaí are appealing for information on a silver Ford Focus hatchback car which was found burnt out at the back entrance to the quarry at Mullachrone, Donore, Co Louth.

Gardaí say there were at least two males involved in the incident.

Both appeared young, possibly in their 20s, and had strong Dublin accents. One wore a high visibility jacket and was carrying a clipboard.

An incident room has been set up at Balbriggan Garda Station and anyone with information is asked to contact gardai on 01-8020510 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.