Raids where  employees with access to large sums of cash are forced to hand over money while family members are threatened were popular among criminal gangs in the 2000s, but have since become less frequent. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Thursday’s kidnapping and connected robbery in Dublin marks the first time in more than a year that any high-profile event of such a nature has occurr(...)

A man involved in the tiger kidnapping of Kilkenny All Ireland hurling champion Adrian Ronan and his family has been sentenced to ten years in prison with the final two suspended.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

A man who was involved in the kidnapping of Kilkenny All Ireland hurling champion Adrian Ronan and his family has been sentenced to 10 years in prison(...)

Dublin Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin

A man who was involved in the tiger kidnapping of Kilkenny All Ireland hurling champion Adrian Ronan and his family will be sentenced later this month(...)

Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly saves a penalty from Cork’s Anthony Nash during last year’s All-Ireland final. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“It’s crazy, it’s dangerous but it’s under the rules so he’s well entitled to do it.” (...)