Sullivans safe as tiger kidnap fails

Fennor is an idyllic townland, secluded away from the busy roads, located in the quiet and peaceful countryside of mid-Kildare, on the Kildare to Nurney Road.

Fennor is an idyllic townland, secluded away from the busy roads, located in the quiet and peaceful countryside of mid-Kildare, on the Kildare to Nurney Road.

Last Monday night however this peace was broken; a well-known family was terrorised. Mother of two Mary Sullivan, a sister of Deputy Sean O Fearghail, and her family were subjected to a 12-hour tiger kidnap ordeal. She was handcuffed to a wheelie-bin in a disused shed for the night as armed thugs attempted to force her husband to pay a ransom.

The gunmen kidnapped the mother-of-two in a bid to collect E100,000 from her husband Liam Sullivan, the mails operations director of An Post. But they panicked and had to flee empty-handed as the gardai set up a security operation.

On Monday night, four masked gunmen forced their way into the house. The children, eight-year-old Joseph and 10-year-old Kate, were already in bed when the gunmen arrived at 9pm.

The raiders stayed with the couple for more than an hour before two of them abducted Mrs Sullivan.

She was bundled into the back of one of the family cars, a silver Merc, and driven along the back roads to the M50 before arriving at Rolestown, near Swords in North County Dublin. She was then tied to a wheelie bin and spent the night in a disused shed at the back of a derelict house.

Meanwhile, the other two raiders held 44-year-old Mr Sullivan in the family home overnight. They told him they wanted E100,000 in a bag and gave him a mobile phone to await further instructions on where he should drop off the money.

Mr Sullivan drove the second car, a silver Honda CRV, to his office at the GPO in O’Connell Street and arrived there after 8am.

In the meantime, gardai had become aware of the abduction and certain measures were put in place.

Shortly after 9am, the raiders panicked and abandoned their plans. Mrs Sullivan was left on her own in the disused shed overnight and at 9.15am she managed to drag the wheelie bin with her to the roadway where she stopped a passing motorist and made contact with gardai.

A major investigation is now under way involving gardai from the Kildare division and detectives from the organised crime unit and the national bureau of criminal investigation.

Anyone with any information or who noticed anything suspicious can contact Newbridge Garda Station on 045 431212.