A MASKED MAN armed with a screwdriver broke into and robbed a primary school in Co. Longford.
The frightening ordeal took place at around 7pm on Thursday night.
The suspect reportedly entered the school and interrupted a board meeting which was taking place inside.
He allegedly threatened a number of those present with a sharp object - thought to be screwdriver - before escaping with a sum of money on foot.
Despite many being shaken up by the ordeal, no one was injured.
Gardai later arrested a 38-year-old man in relation to the incident, but are still appealing for witnesses to come forward with if they have any information about the crime.
A garda spokesman said: "The arrested man is currently detained for questioning at Longford Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He can be held for up to 24 hours.
"An examination of the scene has been carried out by local scenes of crime personnel.
"Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.
"They are particularly appealing to the driver of a van that may have been flagged down in the Chapel Street area by the suspect as he fled from the scene.
"Anyone with information is asked to contact Longford Garda Station 043 335 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111."