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Monday 24 July 2017

Children rushed to safety as feud erupts at school

Brian McDonald

YOUNG children had to be rushed to safety as violence erupted outside a national school.

The children were waiting to be collected from the yard of Creagh National School outside Ballinasloe in Co Galway when a furious row broke out.

There were chaotic scenes as a number of adults became involved in a violent dispute, which is understood to be linked to a Traveller feud.

Teachers quickly brought the children indoors as parents rang the gardai.

A number of garda cars arrived at the 400-pupil school within minutes and two women were taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, apparently suffering from minor stab wounds. Both were released after treatment.

Gardai interviewed a number of people following the incident on Thursday afternoon and are following a definite line of enquiry. No arrests had been made up to yesterday.

Creagh National School board of management said teachers had ensured that the children were kept safe while the incident was taking place.

The chairman of the school's board, Fr Declan McInerney, said the board had requested the assistance of the Department of Education and Science and the HSE.

A team of HSE psychologists visited the school yesterday.

Irish Independent

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