Min­is­ter im­pressed with how ho­tel staff man­aged sit­u­a­tion

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‘ALL’S WELL that ends well,’ re­flected a philospo­hi­cal Dick Roche, the day af­ter a gang of thugs put him and eight oth­ers through a ter­ri­fy­ing gun­point or­deal at the Mar­riott Ho­tel on Mon­day.

‘Keep your f***ing mouth shut,’ the armed men shouted at the min­is­ter, as he ap­pealed with them to calm down.

He said that staff at the ho­tel, par­tic­u­larly a man­ager named Olive, had han­dled a very danger­ous sit­u­a­tion with the great­est of re­gard for the safety of other peo­ple in the ho­tel.

‘She brought the men down the back-stairs to the se­cu­rity room in or­der to keep them away from every­one. She was very im­pres­sive and al­though she got a bad shock, she didn’t show it,’ said Min­is­ter Roche.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent he said he spoke to the crim­i­nals try­ing to keep them calm and keep mat­ters from es­ca­lat­ing to a more danger­ous level.

‘I had of­ten won­dered how I would re­act in that kind of sit­u­a­tion,’ he said, say­ing that he had re­mained ‘strangely calm’, through­out the in­ci­dent, which lasted about 20 min­utes.

He said that he had been mugged in his stu­dent days, and badly beaten up, but had not en­coun­tered vi­o­lence since then.

He told the re­cep­tion­ist not to be fright­ened, that this was a rob­bery, as the men led him and his driver to­wards the ho­tel desk.

The min­is­ter said that as the min­utes passed, the man with the gun be­came more and more ag­i­tated. ‘This is stupid,’ he said to the men, ‘you’re go­ing to get the money, why ter­rorise young peo­ple go­ing about their busi­ness?’ He said that gar­daí ar­rived at the scene very quickly, within mo­ments and that other peo­ple in the ho­tel were com­pletely un­aware of what had tran­spired.

‘I al­ways do,’ he re­sponded with a smile, when asked if he had given his wife Eleanor a big hug when he got home.

A garda from the crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion team at work at the Druids Glen Mar­riott Ho­tel on Mon­day morn­ing.

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