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Probe into shooting at caravan

Barry Duggan and Pat Flynn

Published 27/12/2010 | 05:00

GARDAI are trying to find the motive behind a Christmas shooting in which members of the Travelling community were targeted.

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A number of gunshots were fired at a caravan in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, early on Christmas Day.

The incident happened at 5.50am in the Roches Road area. No one was injured in the attack.

An assailant opened fire on a caravan and the roof of a small home was damaged.

The scene has been examined by gardai and a number of items have been removed as part of the investigation.

Each Christmas, the population in Rathkeale almost doubles such is the number of travellers returning for the holidays.

Normally an estimated 1,500 reside in Rathkeale, but each December hundreds return home from the UK and across Europe.

In recent days, there has been unconfirmed reports of a gang attempting to extort large sums of cash from Travellers in the area.

Meanwhile, a man was arrested in Co Clare on Christmas Eve after allegedly attacking a garda car with an iron bar.

The man in his 30s, a member of the Travelling community in Ennis, was stopped for alleged traffic offences. He was released on station bail and is due to appear in court in Ennis next month.

Irish Independent

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