The house of former Tánaiste, Joan Burton, has been burgled while she attended a community gathering on crime.
Gardaí had called the meeting in Huntstown following a wave of attacks in her constituency in west Dublin.
A female suspect was arrested at the house after neighbours noticed suspicious activity.
Deputy Burton says everyone is okay, but she will now have to reassess her security.
Ms Burton said: "The burglar, who appears to have been a woman, thought she was able to take out one of the panes of glass in our kitchen window and there wasn't a scratch on it.
"So I have to say that shocked me more than anything else."
Deputy Burton says the alarm was raised by her neighbours.
She said: "I have the unfortunate experience of being broken into on many occasions and on each occasion you just give thanks nobody has been hurt.
"Then you have a look again at security and see what you can do to upgrade and modernise security.