Saturday 16 December 2017

Gardai call for truce in Traveller feud

Eoghan MacConnell

GARDAI are calling on two feuding factions of the Traveller community to "see sense", following a number of violent incidents.

Aggression in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, has flared up again just a month after the Department of Justice appointed mediators to intervene in the area.

Gardai arrested eight people following attacks on two houses and a car, in Green Bridge and Mill Road on Sunday.

Three of those arrested were set free. The remainder were charged and released on bail to appear before Mullingar District Court later this week.

Inspector Kieran Keyes called on those involved to "see sense". He said a meeting involving senior members of the factions had taken place since the incident, and a degree of "calm" had been restored.

"We are continuing to investigate and we are expecting to bring more serious charges," he said. Inspector Keyes said the DPP has been contacted in relation to the incidents.

Meanwhile, local Fine Gael councillor Ruth Illingworth has expressed anger at the events.

"This is the second time in a month that we have had serious trouble in the town," she said.

She said Mullingar was being given a bad name because of the actions of a small minority.

She called for tougher measures to prevent any further trouble between the families.

Irish Independent

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