Man freed but file for DPP after shooting
A 48-year-old man arrested and questioned by gardai in connection with the shooting of another man in the early hours of the new year has been released without charge.
The man was arrested following an altercation at an isolated bungalow in a quiet, rural area at Kilgobnet near Beaufort, Co Kerry, around 17km from Killarney.
The victim of the shooting, named locally as John Foley (31), received gunshot wounds to the body. He remains in Kerry General Hospital, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
It is understood that the younger man had been attending a New Year's Eve celebration at the house. A row broke out between the two men, who are known to each other but not related.
It is understood that the incident occurred in the yard outside the house when a shotgun was fired. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Meanwhile, a 46-year-old man being questioned by gardai investigating the discharge of a firearm at an occupied house in Ennis, Co Clare, has also been released without charge.
The incident occurred at the Childres Road, Cloughleigh, at around 5am on New Year's Day and involved members of the settled Traveller community.
Nobody was injured but the house was occupied by a young family at the time.
Gardai recovered one shotgun cartridge at the scene and later arrested the 46-year-old man at his Ennis home.
They say their investigations are ongoing and a file is being prepared for the DPP.