Two men have been arrested following separate armed raids at shops in Dublin yesterday.
They are both appearing in court this morning.
At 3.45pm yesterday, a man armed with a knife demanded cash from a shop on the Lower Rathmines Road in Dublin's south city.
He fled empty-handed in the direction of Grove Park.
Gardaí were alerted and officers arrested a 23-year-old man shortly afterwards in connection with the investigation.
The man was taken to Terenure Garda Station.
In a second robbery, staff at a pharmacy on Johnstown Road in the southside suburb of Cabinteely were threatened by another man with a knife.
He left the scene with medical products taken from the shop.
A 43-year-old man was arrested a short time late after being pursued by an off-duty Garda.
He was taken to Dun Laoghaire Garda Station.