An undisclosed amount of money is understood to have been stolen in an overnight raid on an ATM in Co Louth. 

Gardaí were called to the scene at a Bank of Ireland branch on Main Street in Dunleer in the early hours of this morning.

It is understood a digger and lorry were used in the raid and remained at the scene. The ATM box was also left at the scene.

Gardaí say the raiders left the scene in a silver Toyota Land Cruiser with a partial registration of 04-MH heading north of Dunleer. 

They are appealing for anyone with information about this vehicle to contact them at Drogheda Garda Station 041 987 4200, the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

This is the first incident of an attempted ATM theft in recent months, following a spate of robberies in the previous 12 months.

A number of arrests and over €400,000 was recovered following a garda operation in August as part of an ongoing investigation into ATM robberies here.

The PSNI is also investigating a series of thefts, most recently in counties Fermanagh and Tyrone. 


 

Louth Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach said this morning's incident is further evidence of criminality in proximity to the border.

He said the continuation of ATM robberies will result in depriving towns and village of such facilities and is not helping in promoting our border regions.

He added that 40 years of disrespect for law and order in our communities by a small number of coordinated criminal gang families should not be allowed to disrupt our lives or regions' growth and prosperity.