By Steve Dellar  |  03-03-2018   News
Photo credit: @Liam_O_Hare | Twitter

Just as Ireland was hit by the remnants of the ‘Beast from the East’ (see our related coverage) and storm Emma (which swept into the British Isles from the West) a gang of youths decided to loot a local Lidl supermarket knowing that emergency services had other things on their mind.

In order to gain entry, they used a massive backhoe from a nearby construction site to rip the roof off the supermarket, as you can see in the video.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Like the scum couldn&#39;t get any lower<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dublin</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#lidl</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#looting</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Denis (@46Flynn) <a href="">March 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Local politicians were outraged when they saw the videos and images spread on social media this morning and called for an inquiry.

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Labour councilor Mr Mick Duff: “It is simply appalling, it’s hard to believe in the middle of this.”

“At a time when our emergency services and public services are stretched to the limit that people would exploit a situation like that to do this. There’s no need here, this is just pure gangsterism. It literally brings shame to the area of Tallaght over doing this.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meanwhile in Ireland…<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; (@JOE_co_uk) <a href="">March 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“There’s been many a crisis here in this country and I’ve never heard of this. This is the first time I’ve ever encountered behaviour of this sort and it’s inexcusable. I think people may be getting a bit of cabin fever being locked in for a while, but that has no bearing to what happened up at the Lidl up in Fortunestown.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So, eight guys crashed a digger into a <a href="">@lidl_ireland</a>. They got away with four fishing rods with built-in radios and fish GPS, 47 Crivit cycling shorts, an LED wardrobe illuminator, a laminator they&#39;ll never use, and six pains au chocolat. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Snow</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sneachta</a></p>&mdash; Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) <a href="">March 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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By the afternoon, eight men were arrested, and they have since appeared in court in Dublin, on charges of looting and trespassing.


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