Wednesday 23 May 2018

Violence at Traveller suicide awareness meeting

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David Raleigh

Violent clashes broke out at a suicide awareness meeting for the Traveller community.

A garda shot twice in the USA last year was among 20 officers deployed to help break up the brawl involving up to 30 people.

Garda Brian Hanrahan, who was robbed and shot in the chest and leg while holidaying in New Orleans, responded to the violent clashes at a Traveller suicide-awareness meeting at the Rathkeale House Hotel.

Yesterday, four men appeared at Limerick District Court, charged with violent disorder.

Garda Tom Flavin, Croom garda station, told the court there were "in excess of 100 members of the Harty family" at the meeting, organised by the HSE, and West Limerick Resources.

"There is an ongoing feud in Askeaton involving the Hartys. It was extremely volatile last night," Gda Flavin alleged.

He alleged that "two gardaí received injuries" during the violent clashes.

"One was taken to hospital with two fractured fingers, and the other is off duty with a leg injury," he said.

The court heard there were "numerous other males injured".

Edward Harty (23), and Jimmy Harty (20), both with addresses at Lisheen Park, Patrickswell, Co Limerick; and Michael Harty (20), of Ballingrane, Askeaton, Co Limerick, were all charged with violent disorder.

Edward Harty was also charged with refusing to give Garda Hanrahan his name and address.

A fourth man, Larry O'Connor (27), of Holycross Place, Charleville, Co Cork, was also charged with violent disorder.

Edward Harty and Larry O'Connor were remanded with consent to bail on a number of strict conditions.

Michael Harty was remanded in custody and did not apply for bail, and Jimmy Harty was granted bail by consent.

Judge Marian O'Leary remanded the four to appear before Newcastle West District Court on April 21.

Irish Independent

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