Not so swimmingly

Roche held at gunpoint during Co Wicklow hotel robbery – The Irish Times – Mon, Dec 15, 2008

Mr Roche (61) had a gun held to his back at the Co Wicklow hotel complex, his spokesman confirmed.
Mr Roche was with his official driver at the time and both were shaken by the incident.

“Mr Roche was returning from a daily swim at the hotel’s pool when he was approached from behind and had a gun shoved into his back,” his spokesman said.

“He was forced into a room with his driver and other staff members. Obviously he is shaken by the incident but is currently helping gardaí with their inquiries,” the spokesman added. The Druids Glen Golf Resort is located just 30 minutes south of Dublin.

First, my sympathies to Dick Roche and the others who were held hostage, which must be a terrifying experience.

It’s a sad day when a government minister can’t take a daily swim in a five star hotel without some dudes with guns coming along and ruining the morning. If there was a public swimming pool within ten miles of where I live and I was able to get there in the mornings before going to work, I know I’d be really pissed off if someone did something like that to me.

If the Irish people had voted Yes in the Lisbon treaty, this would never have happened, you know.

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1 Response to “Not so swimmingly”


  1. 1 KevanB December 15, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    The robbers were dissident Green party members opposed to the entry into the coalition and voting yes to Lisbon.

    They were also opposed to voting for anything as well.

    His official driver, as a Guarda, is probably driving off to his new post in Donegal or maybe Leitrim.


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