Tuesday 17 September 2019

People ran for cover as gunman opened fire into nearby car park

The village of Clogherhead is recovering this week after a shocking murder in its midst.

As a gunman opened fire in the Ashling caravan park, stray bullets struck a number of vehicles in the nearby Mace car park.

One appeared to enter one vehicle just above the petrol tank (right) and then leave the vehicle via the boot.

Below, a family had a lucky escape when they were inside the shop while their car was shot up outside.

A bullet smashed two rear windows.

The entire area was sealed off for more than 24 hours as gardai carried out a full inspection of the area.

Senator Ged Nash said local Gardai are doing 'the toughest of jobs' under the most difficult of circumstances.

'They are putting their lives on the line to protect all of us and the public and the State needs to support them with everything they need.

'The Gardai have had some considerable successes in terms of detections and arrests in recent months.

'Money and property seized by CAB in the last few months should be invested in communities in Drogheda.

'We never read about the lives that have been saved as a result of good, professional policing work.

'In Ireland, we have at least in theory, very tough anti-gang laws. Yet the people of Drogheda are wondering why these laws have not yet been used by prosecutors.

'Nothing short of a Limerick-style crack down involving an unprecedented level of resources is sufficient to bring this cycle of violence to an end and before more lives are lost.

Drogheda Independent