GARDAI are continuing to question two men, suspected of being involved in an aggravated burglary in Pallasgreen during which a teenage girl was tied up.
The culprits, who wore balaclavas, were armed with a shotgun and a sledgehammer when they forced entry into the family home in county Limerick at around 9.45pm last Monday.
It is believed the gang fled with about â‚¬5,000, although the family declined to specify the exact amount involved.
The Garvey family -both parents and four children - were watching TV at the time when the men forced their way into their home - a â‚¬1.35m property, which has been up for sale for a number of years.
The two suspects, were arrested shortly after the incident in North Cork, have been in garda custody since their arrest.
Investigating gardai were granted additional time to question both men, last Thursday, after State solicitor Michael Murray made an application at Limerick District Court.
A second application was granted by Judge Eamon Oâ€™Brien at a special sitting of the court yesterday and gardai have until tomorrow afternoon before they must charge or release the men, who are both aged in their 40s.
More than 20 gardai have been assigned to the investigation, which is being led by Chief Supt David Sheahan and Det Insp Tom Oâ€™Connor.
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