Gardai are investigating an incident which saw a Laois man assaulted and robbed last night.
According to RTE News, the incident occurred at a house in the Shaen area between Portlaoise and Emo at around 10pm last night.
It is understood that the businessman was at home with his family and children, who were threatened at the time as a sum of money was stolen from them.
It is believed that the raiders were disturbed by visitors calling to the house. The raiders are then believed to have fled through the fields on foot.
A text alert was sent out on Tuesday night to people living in Shaen and nearby Emo.
The property is understood to be owned by a businessman who runs a well-known shop in Portlaoise.
The man was returning home from his business premises in Portarlington when the incident took place.
The victim was taken to hospital afterwards.
It is believed that four men were involved.
Gardai have carried out a number of searches in the area but no arrests have been made.
LaoisToday understands that the Garda helicopter was employed in the search.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Portlaoise on (057) 867 4100.
Alternatively, they can contact Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.