A Gardaí investigation is underway after the kidnapping of a mother and daughter in Dublin early this morning.

The pair were picked up at their home in Artane close to 5am by three armed men. They were held hostage for several hours and driven around while tied up in the back of an 09D VW Caddy van.

It's believed the target of the incident was the father of the family, who works for a cash-in-transit firm. He was forced to arrive to work as normal and then to drive his GSLS security van to an area near Dublin Airport to deliver around €200,000 in cash.

He then locked himself in the van while awaiting the arrival of Gardaí. Thankfully all family members were found safe and well, with the mother and daughter rescued from the van in Dunboyne, Co Meath.

Flights at Dublin Airport were delayed this morning as Gardaí surrounded the van. 

Gardaí are appealing for information on a small white box type van parked near the Corballis Road Business Park, Dublin Airport between 7am and 8.30am today.

They are also looking for information on any 'suspicious activity' in the Artane Road area of Dublin or the Dunboyne area of Meath this morning.