Nine people have been arrested after a supermarket was attacked in Dublin during blizzard conditions.
Unverified social media footage appeared to show looting at a Lidl store in the west of the city, as well as heavy machinery being used to damage the property.
Irish police said the damage was substantial. It came amid some of the worst snow storms to hit Ireland for decades.
A Garda statement said: “Following reports of burglary and theft of vehicles, Garda units deployed in the Tallaght district and nine arrests were made to date.
“Substantial damage was caused to a supermarket on Fortunestown Lane and further damage to another premises in Jobstown.
“All those arrested are currently detained at Dublin Garda stations. An incident room has been established.”
A member of Ireland’s ruling Fine Gael party, parliamentarian Colm Brophy, said: “I utterly condemn this mindless criminal behaviour that has been carried out in recent hours.
“I fully anticipate that the gardai will pursue the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.”
He added: “I am particularly mindful that these actions have taken place in the midst of a code red weather warning when our emergency services are at full stretch.
“Lidl is a much valued and appreciated employer in our community whose head office is on the Main Road in Tallaght.
“The type of outrageous behaviour we witnessed tonight has no place in our community.”
He said it detracted from the excellent work being done by local community groups and by South Dublin County Council during this current weather crisis.
“The people who committed these contemptible acts do not represent the community of decent law abiding people, who I’m sure are as outraged as I am.
“What has taken place tonight puts people’s jobs at risk which is one of the sickest aspects of this shameful crime.
“Finally, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the emergency services, who have been doing an excellent job in extenuating circumstances.”